2020 Week 1 Analysis: Bears @ Lions (By Ross Jacobs)
Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
-This was a very strange game, and it's difficult to sort through all the various aspects. The game looked even early on. It was tied 6-6 before the Lions scored a TD in a hurry-up offense right before the half. Lions took control fairly early on after halftime and it looked like they might run away with it. Bears QB Mitch Trubisky was having difficulty getting anything going on offense, but the Bears hung in there and after a missed field goal by the Lions and a Stafford interception they managed to score twice to take the lead. The Lions then drove right down the field, but rookie RB D'Andre Swift dropped an easy TD that would have sealed the win. Oh and Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was thrown out of the game early for tapping his helmet into a referee's chest. It was that kind of game. Overall it feels like the Lions were the better team here, and blew the lead, but credit Trubisky and the Bears for fighting until the end.
-The media loves to hate on Trubisky, but I didn't see anything really wrong here. The claim is that he's inconsistent, but I didn't notice anything really wrong with his accuracy. To me it looks like the problem is more that all his receivers other than Allen Robinson are terrible and can't get any separation. It's the same problem the Browns have, and it makes the QB look bad. Trubisky has a 20-10 record in games since his rookie year with 44 TD's and 22 INT's. He's not the problem, or at least not the worst. I would like to see him start running more though. He's always been a good athlete, and it would really help give this offense another threat. Just look around the league at how much space all the mobile QBs have to work with because defenses are afraid of them taking off. It helps give them more margin for error and can make up for lackluster passing ability.
-I didn't believe that Bears coach Matt Nagy would ever use Cordarrelle Patterson all the creative ways he said he would, but maybe perhaps that's changing. Patterson finally took a handful of carries as a RB and looked like the best back on the team when he did. Patterson was also critical to the Bears success here by providing them with shorter fields on offense due to his prowess returning kicks. He's one of the most explosive players they have. He needs to be used more like this every game. Now if Nagy could just figure out how to hand him the ball on a speed sweep or throw him a screen pass...
-How the heck does old man Adrian Peterson come into Detroit and immediately look like the most energetic, athletic RB they have? This is pretty damning for Kerryon Johnson. He'll be on a new team soon.
-The Lions receivers didn't look very good without Kenny Golladay as the #1 guy. Stafford really needs his big man back soon, but it looks like Golladay will be out another few weeks.
-This Bears defense really didn't look imposing at all. I thought we might see a return to the ferocious group from a few years ago, but I didn't see anything of the sort. Star LB Khalil Mack was virtually nonexistent. I only saw him pressure Stafford once or twice which is a far cry from his heyday. That $140 million dollar contract may be slowing him down. The media thinks rookie CB Jaylon Johnson did great in this game because he broke up Stafford's final pass in the endzone, but I saw Johnson get beat multiple times throughout this game. He wasn't all bad, but he certainly wasn't all good either. Don't fear the Bears defense in fantasy.
-Both of these teams look middle of the road to me.
-Allen Robinson is a good buy-low target. He looked fantastic, and I think Trubisky will get him his numbers. Even if Trubisky gets benched Nick Foles is waiting in the wings. Robinson is a safe WR1.5 with upside.
-Trubisky could be a sneaky grab as well. It took him a bit to start connecting, but he looked fine to me.
-Peterson probably isn't going to lead the league in rushing, but he's a solid play at RB if you don't have a couple studs.
-Stafford and Marvin Jones really need Golladay back. Jones is struggling as the main target of the defense. He's really more of a good complement, Robin to Golladay's Batman.