It is Revenge Week across the SB Nation NFL blogs. This week you will see a bunch of coverage concerning prospective revenge games in 2019 or other revenge-associated content material. But to kick items off, we have to speak about the Chicago Bears.
For years, we joked about the “Owning the Bears.” From 2013 to 2017, the Lions won nine out of 10 contests among the two teams, and we let Chicago know it every opportunity that we got. Not only did we popularize the hashtag #WeOwnTheBears, we place it on a sign that created its way to the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago—and then took it to a wrestling occasion as well for fantastic measure.
Needless to say, 2018 wasn’t rather as exciting. Not only did the Bears sweep the Lions, but they did so in pretty convincing style… and with a backup quarterback at Ford Field. Understandably, Chicago came back at us with a fury of pent-up frustrations:
But we had been told historical match-ups do not matter?
Oh, I get it, now that #WeOwnTheLions once again, like we’ve carried out for the improved portion of 80 years, Detroit fans want to speak about the previous. So congrats on these five years, but because we can speak history once again… 99-74-five tiny bro. https://t.co/tuA8k11f3L
— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) January 28, 2019
Each and every side has taken their lumps, and we certainly deserve all the things that came our way final season.
But adequate is adequate.
It is time for the Detroit Lions to personal the Chicago Bears once again.
Final year, the Lions weren’t a fantastic group. Their roster was lacking the sort of players Matt Patricia actually wanted, Matthew Stafford had a down year, and Detroit traded away one particular of their finest assets prior to Thanksgiving.
The Bears had been going by way of a equivalent transform, sporting their personal very first-time head coach, but they seemed to expedite the rebuilding approach. A blockbuster trade for Khalil Mack combined with maintaining a respected defensive coordinator and the installment of a promising, revolutionary offense led to an NFC North title, a 12-four season and
a playoff win… kicker double dong.
In spite of no postseason good results, Chicago Bears fans stay confident for 2019… and I imply actually confident:
The #Lions are truly 2nd in the NFC North in self-assurance.
Only behind the Bears, who need to not be in a position to operate heavy machinery with all the Kool Help they’ve consumed. pic.twitter.com/Zqx10UQITd
— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) May 8, 2019
Of course, they have lots of purpose to be. The dominant defense from final year returns somewhat intact. The offense will have yet another year below its belt and Mitchell Trubisky positive aspects from yet another season of beneficial expertise.
That becoming mentioned, there are surely warning indicators that the Bears are due for some regression. In spite of some respectable statistics, by other measures Trubisky was one particular of the worst quarterbacks of 2018. Furthermore, the Bears had been one particular of the least-injured teams of 2018, ranking third in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Games Lost. Ultimately, turnover margin—which has verified to be pretty inconsistent from year to year—was heavily in Chicago’s favor final season (+12, third). In other words, the Bears had been a fairly fortunate football group in 2018.
As for the Lions, there’s tiny denying this group is in a improved location than it was final year. Their defensive roster added at least 3 starters this offseason (Trey Flowers, Justin Coleman, Rashaan Melvin). The offense has a coordinator and personnel (see: tight ends) that truly aligns with the philosophy the head coach is attempting to preach, which will enable Detroit achieve their offensive ambitions. Ultimately, head coach Matt Patricia has a year of beneficial expertise below his belt.
As of ideal now, the Bears are favored in each matchups against the Lions in 2019, and for fantastic purpose: It is a group coming off a 12-four season vs. a group that completed six-10. But this rivalry need to be significantly a lot more evenly matched this year, which signifies it is time to Personal the Bears when once again.