The Chicago Bears were not helped out as the Lions crushed Green Bay 40-10 in the early game on Thanksgiving. The Packers gained only 126 yards of total offense with their only score coming by way of a strip sack that resulted in a fumble for a touchdown. Matthew Stafford threw for 330 yards with three touchdowns, but hardly had his best day. It was Stafford’s first career win over the Packers and in doing so pushed his team’s lead to a full game over Chicago in the NFC North. The Packers were again without Aaron Rodgers and it didn’t help that the offensive line was dominated on both sides with Detroit recording a safety on one side and 241 yards on the ground on the other.
Detroit improved their record to 7-5 and will now have 10 days to prepare for their next game on the road against the first-place Eagles. Detroit is entering their toughest stretch of the season as they face Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the New York Giants over the next three weeks. Coming away with a win yesterday was equally crucial for them as it was damning for the Bears. Detroit now faces teams that will be desperate for wins. If Detroit can go 2-1 over these next three games, it’ll certainly give them NFC North and a home playoff game. Something they haven’t had since 1993.
The Chicago Bears on the other hand don’t have quite as tough a schedule with Cleveland and Dallas on the slate home and away before ending against Green Bay, Chicago is in a must win game on Sunday in Minneapolis to try and stay within striking distance of Detroit. A loss this week would all but end the Bears season before the month of December even started. Chicago barely beat the Vikings at home in Week 2 by a score of 31-30. It was game with a dramatic ending as Martellus Bennett hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds to go for the come from behind win. Chicago has since had its ups and downs, but nothing like that of Minnesota who’s struggled all year with rotating quarterbacks and a slew of injuries on both offense and defense. Hopefully this one doesn’t end in a tie like the last Vikings game did, that too wouldn’t do Chicago any favors.