5 things to watch for in the Thanksgiving game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, including the Matt Nagy scrutiny and Andy Dalton’s return — plus our Week 12 predictions

For a short week, the lead-up to the Chicago Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday has had a whole lot of drama.

An injury to rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the return of veteran Andy Dalton as the starter. A report that coach Matt Nagy had been told he will be fired after the Thanksgiving game and Nagy’s subsequent denial. And — oh, yeah — the Bears trying to move past a five-game losing streak after giving up game-winning drives in the last minute of the last two games.

Now the Bears face the Lions, whose own ongoing drama is that they haven’t won a game since Dec. 6, 2020. The opponent? The Bears.

As Thursday’s kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game.

Chicago Bears (3-7) at Detroit Lions (0-9-1)

Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit.

TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish).

The line: Bears by 3. Over/under: 41½.
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1. Man in the spotlight

When Nagy’s bosses didn’t issue a statement Tuesday about a report that Thursday’s game will be Nagy’s last, they left the coach open to days of speculation about his job status.

In a nationally televised game between two NFC bottom dwellers, and without Fields playing, Nagy’s future will be the talk of the broadcast.

Nagy did his best to handle the questions at his Tuesday news conference, noting he at that point hadn’t talked to Chairman George McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips or general manager Ryan Pace this week because of the short preparation time for the Lions.

“You can’t focus on that,” Nagy said of job speculation. “You have to stay focused on what you do every day, which is football and the X’s and O’s and all of that. It’s important to do that. … Our job is to focus on day to day and winning this game on Thursday. And that’s it. That’s as simple as I keep it.”

Whoever is coaching the Bears on Thursday has a lot to worry about after the 16-13 loss to the Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Like, for example, not getting embarrassed again by a Lions team that has only a 16-16 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers separating them from 0-10.

The Lions’ win against the Bears last year at Soldier Field sparked a barrage of questions about Nagy’s job status. The Bears then won three straight, made the playoffs and decided to keep Nagy on board.

And now here they are again.

2. Pressing question

How will Andy Dalton fare in his first start since Sept. 19?

Dalton said Tuesday he still believes he’s a starter in this league, and while Fields recovers from injured ribs he suffered during the loss to the Ravens, Dalton will have a chance to show it.

Dalton made just two starts before he lost his job to Fields earlier this season while he was out with a bone bruise in his left …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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