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Week 13 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 24, Detroit Lions 20


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Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears escaped with a win against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Mitchell Trubisky had one of his better performances of the season, throwing three touchdown passes and throwing good deep balls to Anthony Miller for two big plays. David Montgomery had a strong performance on the ground and added a receiving touchdown while Allen Robinson had a touchdown reception and a strong game as a receiver.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions lost to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. David Blough started in place of Matthew Stafford and backup Jeff Driskel who both missed the game with injuries. Blough played well enough for the Lions to compete but was hindered by drops and penalties throughout the game. Bo Scarbrough played well with a career-high 21 carries but was held out of the end zone and was not involved in the passing game. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both had touchdown receptions.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 38 - 338 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 4 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky had one of his better performances of the season against a Detroit defense that has struggled to stop anyone this season. Trubisky was perfect on the first drive of the game, including a touchdown to Allen Robinson on a slant in the red zone. He later hit Jesper Horsted with a touch pass over coverage in the end zone for a score and threw a go-ahead touchdown on a crossing route to David Montgomery late in the fourth quarter. Although the matchup was good, Trubisky did play well, generally making better decisions and throws than he has in recent weeks. Trubisky showed a good rapport with Anthony Miller on two deep throws along the perimeter. Trubiskyís two big mistakes were a throw behind Allen Robinson on a crossing route that was intercepted and a third down scramble where he showed no willingness to risk contact and instead ran laterally giving up the chance for a first down. Trubisky will face a Cowboys defense that was beaten up by the Bills on Thanksgiving.

RB David Montgomery, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 75 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 1 (2 targets)
David Montgomery had one of his better performances of the season on Thanksgiving against the Lions and was involved as both a runner and a receiver. On the ground, Montgomery ran with power and lateral ability on the interior, but his lack of speed and burst showed, particular on a perimeter carry in the red zone where he got tackled from behind on what could have been a touchdown. Fortunately, Montgomery was able to score on a crossing route in the end zone from the slot for the game-winning touchdown. Montgomery did have multiple other big gains called back by penalty including a chunk run and a screen reception. Montgomery gets a matchup with the Cowboys next Thursday.

RB Tarik Cohen, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
Tarik Cohen was involved early in the Chicago offense but only managed seven touches on the day. Cohen showed well in the passing game, including a swing pass, and a good reception over the middle but too frequently is targeted by Mitchell Trubisky under the line to gain. With Montgomery getting a large role in the running game, Cohen needs to score a touchdown or be peppered with short targets to be fantasy viable in a week. He will face the Cowboys next week.

WR Anthony Miller, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 140 - 0 (13 targets)
Anthony Miller had a roller coaster of a game in one of the best performances of the season. The game started regrettably, with three early drops, but Miller rebounded on a team-high 13 targets. Millerís two big plays were perimeter catches down the field in tight coverage where he showed toughness and the ability to track the ball. Miller appeared to be fortunate on the second deep reception because the Lions did not challenge the reception despite the ball appearing to be incomplete. Miller was also used in the short passing game including screens, slant routes, and crossing routes. He has been a strong role in the offense in recent weeks and has looked quick with the ball in his hands after short routes. He will get a good matchup against the Cowboys who struggled against Cole Beasley in a similar role on Thanksgiving.

WR Allen Robinson, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 86 - 1 (12 targets)
Allen Robinson had another strong performance against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Robinson was involved early, with two short receptions on the first drive before capping the drive off with a slant for a touchdown from the red zone. Robinson was consistently targeted over the middle and was second on the team with 12 targets. Robinson did have a drop, and was missed on multiple targets in tight coverage, but continues to be the most dangerous and consistent aspect of the Chicago offense. He will get a matchup against the Cowboys on Thursday.


Detroit Lions

QB David Blough, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 38 - 280 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
David Blough had a good performance in his first career start against a tough Bears defense on Thanksgiving Day. Blough started because Matthew Stafford and backup Jeff Driskel missed the game with injuries. Blough threw two touchdowns on the game. The first was to Kenny Golladay on a double move for 75 yards on the Detroit Possession. He later threw a touchdown to Marvin Jones in the red zone. Blough does not have a great arm, but played on time and made good decisions for his first NFL start. He could have had a better day but was consistently hampered by drops and penalties that set the Lions behind in down and distances. Blough was leading a good final drive before his scramble for a first down was called back by penalty. He then took a bad sack and threw a desperation interception on fourth and long. Driskel was placed on injured reserve over the weekend, so Blough is likely to get another start if Matthew Stafford cannot play. Detroit has a long rest before facing a tough Minnesota team in week 14 on the road. Blough would have a good matchup at home in week 15 against Tampa Bay if Stafford does not return.

RB Bo Scarbrough, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 83 - 0
Bo Scarbrough continued his strong stretch of play on Thanksgiving Day against the Bears recording his first 20 carry game since high school. Scarbrough has been a revelation for the Lions after being out of the league earlier in the season. He ran physically and elusively on the interior and was able to get to the second level on the perimeter on multiple occasions, including one that was called back by penalty. Scarbrough is playing better as an NFL back than a fantasy back at this point because he is not getting any receiving work and only got a carry inside the ten-yard line in the red zone. Scarbrough is the clear lead back going into a tough matchup on the road against the Vikings but is putting himself in position to have a role in the Lions offense heading into 2020.

RB J.D. McKissic, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)
For the second consecutive week, J.D. McKissic gave up third down work to Ty Johnson. McKissic still saw work, and nearly scored a touchdown on a toss sweep in the red zone but was stopped by a great tackle by Kyle Fuller. McKissic also showed well in the passing game making a great one-handed catch across the middle for a first down. McKissicís role is reduced in the offense the past two weeks and without consistent third down work, he is difficult to trust.

WR Kenny Golladay, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 158 - 1 (5 targets)
Kenny Golladay had a big game on only four catches on Thanksgiving despite the Lions starting third-string quarterback David Blough. On the first drive of the game, Golladay hit Chicago with a double move on third down for a 75-yard touchdown. He also added another deep reception in the first quarter to break the century mark before the second quarter. He later added a deep reception between the corner and safety along the perimeter and another deep reception in the middle of the field on the final drive of the game. Golladay was targeted once in the end zone but was both called for and drew a pass interference penalty on the play. Golladay will get a tough matchup next week against the Vikings.

WR Marvin Jones, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 1 (6 targets)
Marvin Jones scored a touchdown against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day on a crossing route in the red zone for a touchdown. Jones had another opportunity in the red zone but dropped a ball that was behind him, one of two drops on the day. He did have a good comeback reception on the perimeter. The offense was more traditional with third-string quarterback David Blough starting instead of Jeff Driskel, but Blough does not possess the arm strength of Matthew Stafford which brings out the best of Jonesís abilities. Jones will get a tough matchup on Sunday at the Vikings.

WR Danny Amendola, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (8 targets)
Danny Amendola had a tough game against the Vikings on Thanksgiving. He caught his first pass in the late third quarter and caught two out routes late in the game but dropped multiple passes on the game. He did have an opportunity near the goal line on a target that looked like it should have been called defensive pass interference but was not and had a screen reception called back by penalty. Amendola fits the strengths of David Blough more than Jeff Driskel, so if Driskel starts next week against Vikings, Amendola has some potential fantasy viability.

TE T.J. Hockenson, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 18 - 0 (11 targets)
T.J. Hockenson drew a team-high 11 targets on Thanksgiving but was only able to turn the opportunities into six catches for 18 yards. Hockenson had multiple deep targets but was missed by backup David Blough down the seam and thrown too far off his body along the sideline on a tightly covered route. Hockensonís catches were primarily short with little room to make plays after the catch outside of two back to back catches late in the game where he made defenders miss and was able to turn upfield. Backup David Blough looked more Hockensonís way than either Matthew Stafford or Jeff Driskel had earlier in the season, so his usage is notable if Blough starts next week against the Vikings.