Matt Eberflus outlines Three keys for Bears must prepare for ahead Lions’ clash at Soldier Field…

David Montgomery, who signed with the Lions this offseason, ran 12 times for 76 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 22 yards in their first meeting last month.

Three keys for the Bears to win Sunday’s game against the Lions at Soldier Field:

  1. Force Turnovers: The Bears aim to replicate their recent success of forcing four turnovers in consecutive games, a rarity accomplished by only two teams this season. While achieving this feat for a third time might be optimistic, even obtaining two turnovers would provide an advantage against the Lions, whose offense surpasses that of the Bears in explosiveness.
  2. Enhance Justin Fields’ Productivity: In the previous game against the Vikings, the Bears utilized 13 screen passes to counter a blitz-heavy defense, resulting in career lows for Fields in air yards per pass and air yards per completion. To secure victory against the Lions, the Bears need to allow Fields more downfield opportunities, exploiting a Lions defense ranked third-worst in the league since Week 7.
  3. Contain David Montgomery: Former Bears running back David Montgomery, now with the Lions, had a strong performance in their last encounter, amassing 76 rushing yards, a touchdown, and 22 receiving yards. In his return to Soldier Field as a Lion, the Bears must limit Montgomery’s impact. The Bears boast a stingy 3.4 yards per carry allowed, the second-lowest in the NFL, emphasizing the need to thwart Montgomery’s attempts effectively.

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