The Lions will be shorthanded in today's offense as they will face off against the No. 3 contender for Chicago's best defense in the annual Detroit Thanksgiving game at Ford Field.
The Lions played without veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. (knee) last Sunday and were able to chirp out a win over Carolina. They are going to be without Jones today against the bears again, but they will also not have the services of starter Kerryon Johnson, who injured her left knee in the third quarter of Carolina's game.
The lions will see Kenny Golladay step forward once more and provoke the airstrike without Jones, but we will also need LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner to give them an impulse to run the football against a bears running defense which is the best in the League (77.8 yards allowed per game).
Johnson has been responsible for 854 total yards and four touchdowns in 10 games, and Jones has 508 yards and five touchdowns in nine games, so the lions are losing a good chunk of current production. Can quarterback Matthew Stafford beat him for the second consecutive game?
The good news for Detroit is that six of the seven players who entered the game today questionable with various ailments are active. That list includes defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), defensive tackle A & # 39; Shawn Robinson (ankle), cornerback Dario Mata (knee), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (shoulder), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (back) and tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder). The only one that inactivates from that group of questionable players is linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin due to a neck injury.
Joining Jones, Johnson and Reeves-Maybin on the list of inactive Detroit today are: wide receiver Brandon Powell, defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr., tackle Andrew Donnal and cornerback Teez Tabor.
Tabor is a healthy scratch after fighting in the defense of Detroit throughout the year. Marshals have a perfect pbader rating (158.3) when pitching in Tabor this season with four touchdowns.
One important inactive to consider for Chicago is quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He was included as doubtful in Wednesday's injury report and is officially inactive. Veteran Chase Daniel will start as a quarterback for Chicago.