Sunday’s Week 4 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will feature two of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
The Bears are struggling to establish the run early in games but the Lions rush defense just might be what they need to turn that around.
The Lions are giving up an average of 5.1 yards per carry in three games this season, which is tied for most in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.
Chicago will be without starter Jeremy Langford, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle sprain. In steps Jordan Howard.
The rookie out of Indiana picked up 36 yards on his first carry against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 but, after that, he had just 9 total yards on 8 carries.
It also might be tough finding the end zone for Howard, as Detroit’s defense is one of only two NFL teams that has yet to allow a rushing score.
Detroit’s won't be the only team on the field Sunday with a bad defense. The Bears are giving up an average of 142.7 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks 30th in the NFL. Only the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have given up more yards per game. With ILB Danny Trevathan and NT Eddie Goldman expected to miss their second game in a row, the Lions may have a lot of success running the ball.
Other stats of note:
- The Bears have gone 18 straight games without having a 100-yard rusher. The last time a Bears running back ran for more than 100 yards in a game was Matt Forte in Week 1 of the 2015 season.
- The last time the Bears won a home game against an NFC North division opponent was in Week 11 last year against the Minnesota Vikings.
- With a loss on Sunday, the Bears would go to 0-4 on the season for the first time since 2000.
- Chicago’s 96 wins against the Lions are the most versus any opponent in franchise history. They are currently on a six-game losing streak to the Lions, the longest streak in franchise history to Detroit.
- According to Pro Football Focus, rookie center Cody Whitehair has the fourth-highest run-blocking grade among players at his position.
- Through three games this season, the Bears have lost four fumbles. That’s tied for the most in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and San Diego Chargers.
- The Bears are allowing 142.7 rushing yards per game this season. That’s second most in the NFC and third most in the NFL. Only the New Orleans Saints (149.3) and Miami Dolphins (147.3) have allowed more.
- Through three games, the Bears have averaged a league-worst 24:05 time of possession. The Lions are 20th in TOP, averaging 31:37.
- According to Pat Kirwan of the Real Football Nework, Bears right tackle Bobby Massie has given up 10 quarterback pressures through three games. That’s tied for fourth-most in the NFL. He’s also allowed 2 sacks on the year.
- The 65 offensive snaps in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys were the most by the Bears in any game this season. Despite the high number, Chicago managed to hold the ball offensively for just 24:41, losing the TOP battle to Dallas by more than 10 minutes.
- Since debuting the uniforms in 2010, the Bears are 6-4 in their “Monsters of the Midway” throwbacks. They have lost three of their last four games while in the 1940s replicas. They will wear them on Sunday for the first time in 2016.