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Week 15 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 10, Detroit Lions 20

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Chicago Bears

The Bears offense was completely contained by the Lions until the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was held back by penalties and an ineffective running game. Kendall Wright was the main garbage time target and the best Bears wideout to play in a good Week 16 matchup against Cleveland.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions got an early lead against the Chicago Bears, and were able to run a conservative game plan for much of the day. Theo Riddick started but suffered an injury and was replaced by Tion Green. Ameer Abdullah returned to the game, but was purely an ancillary player in the offense. The passing game was muted by the game script but Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron continued to show good rapport with Matthew Stafford.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 46 - 314 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0
Trubisky didn't get the Bears into the Lions side of the field until the two-minute warning of the first half. A struggling running game set him up in lots of third and longs and the team's field goal was set up by a turnover, not offensive production. Trubisky threw a pick to open the second half and then threw another pick when the Bears were knocking on the door to open the fourth quarter. He led a long drive in garbage time and leaned on Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy, capping it with a toss to Benny Cunningham, but threw his third pick to end any chance the Bears had to be a back door cover.

RB Jordan Howard, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 37 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
Howard never got in a groove as the Bears offense had a lot of trouble sustaining drives in this loss. He had a few good gains called back by penalty and did set up the Bears on a first and goal with a strong run from the 24-yard-line. He was involved enough as a receiver to salvage something in PPR leagues, but his performance was a far cry from his Week 14 game and his strong game in Week 11 against the Lions.

RB Tarik Cohen, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 16 - 0 (6 targets)
Cohen wasn't as involved early as he was in the first matchup and ended up being a non-factor in this game. He collected a few short receptions, had a long kick return called back by penalty and got a wildcat snap on an uneventful afternoon.

WR Kendall Wright, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 81 - 0 (13 targets)
Wright was mostly a target of incompletions and one interceptions until he racked up five catches on garbage time drives. He appears to have the best chemistry with Mitchell Trubisky of any Bears wideout heading into a matchup with the Browns.

WR Josh Bellamy, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 70 - 0 (7 targets)
Bellamy had two penalties, but also had four catches of 13 yards or longer. He appears to be the main downfield threat for the Bears pass offense at this point.

Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 33 - 237 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Matthew Stafford had an up and down day against the Chicago Bears. Stafford missed big throws including a red zone throw to Eric Ebron that would have been a touchdown and deep post to Kenny Golladay. Stafford did make other solid throws in the game, including a throw to the boundary from a muddled pocket on a comeback route to Kenny Golladay for 13 yards. Stafford threw with better velocity this week than last week, but struggled with deep accuracy. Stafford's big play of the day was a deep throw to Marvin Jones where Jones caught the ball in a contested jump ball situation. Stafford had one touchdown on the day, a well-thrown ball up the seam to Ebron in the red zone. Stafford has shown a good relationship with Ebron and Jones in recent weeks.

RB Theo Riddick, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 49 - 0, Rec: 3 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)
Theo Riddick started the game at running back despite Ameer Abdullah being active. Riddick did not have much room to run and was not able to create yards after contact. His usage in the passing game out of the backfield likewise found little success. His long reception was an eight yard catch on an angle route, but he was otherwise tackled upon the catch. Riddick fumbled at the end of the first half on a carry designed to run the clock down before the half. The fumble set up Chicago for a field goal. Riddick was not used in the second half after suffering an injury, and Tion Green handled his workload.

RB Tion Green, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 35 - 0
Tion Green was the second back in the game, behind Theo Riddick but in front of Ameer Abdullah. Green carried the primary workload in the second half after Riddick's first half fumble and injury. Green ran hard, but he is unexceptional football player, and did not have much room to run. Green tends to run hesitant, but when he makes up his mind he runs hard. Green also showed a nice stiff arm on a run where he was able to get yards after contact.

RB Ameer Abdullah, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0 (4 targets)
Ameer Abdullah's first action was on the third drive of the game. His first touch came from a split backfield shared with Riddick on a pass in the flat. Abdullah was relegated primarily to passing game usage that was not effective. He did have a red zone carry but was limited to that one carry. He operated as the clear third back behind Riddick and Tion Green.

WR Kenny Golladay, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)
Kenny Golladay had an up and down day in the passing game. He ran a good comeback route along the sideline, was involved in the screen game and later drew an illegal hands to the face penalty. Golladay also had a deep post where he split the corner and the safety, but was overthrown by Matthew Stafford. While Golladay saw positive usage, he was also called for a blatant offensive pass interference on a pass down the right perimeter.

WR Golden Tate, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (5 targets)
Tate was nearly invisible in the first half of the game with his first notable involvement coming on a screen on first possession of the second half. Tate got became involved in the passing game in the second half, with another catch on the first drive of the half, and later drew a defensive pass interference. Tate's best play of the day was a screen where he put Kendall Fuller on the ground with his juke move for a 19-yard gain.

WR Marvin Jones, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 85 - 0 (5 targets)
Marvin Jones was limited to only three catches, but produced a highlight. Jones ran a scramble drill with Stafford where Jones turned a short route up the field. Stafford threw a 50/50 ball where Jones elevated snatching the ball out of Eddie Jackson's hands. Jones was later targeted in the red zone on a slant, but never separated on the route. Stafford's throw was purposefully too high where only Jones could retrieve it, but Jones could not elevate on the play. Jones was limited on the rest of the day to three other targets all in the short and intermediate area of the field.

WR T.J. Jones, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 1 (3 targets)
T.J. Jones contributed in an ancillary role in the offense, scoring a touchdown on a rub route. Jones also ran a comeback along the sideline where he was able to get his feet in bounds. With Golladay in the lineup, Jones is relegated to a WR4 role, but is a dependable player when called upon by Matthew Stafford.

TE Eric Ebron, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 33 - 1 (7 targets)
Eric Ebron continued his recent streak of solid play, scoring a touchdown on a red zone seam route. Stafford threw the ball where only Ebron could catch the ball, and Ebron successfully executed the catch. Ebron was also used on a shovel pass in the red zone. The remainder of his usage was underneath in the passing game where he was largely held in check, outside of a 19 yard catch and run. Ebron looks markedly better than he did in October and early November where he played with little confidence.