Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez answers three questions after the Detroit Lions’ 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field:
How bad did the Lions look in this loss?
Come Monday morning, in the cold, sober light that a day of reflection is sure to bring, I don’t think the loss will be that bad. Honestly, the minute it was decided quarterback Matthew Stafford would miss the game with fractured bones in his back, this game was lost. Yes, the Bears’ offense under quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has looked awful. But playing at home against a Lions backup, Jeff Driskel, who hadn’t played in nearly a year was a massive advantage for the Bears. It’s always tough to lose to the Bears and the Lions falling to 0-3 in the NFC North on their way to the division basement can’t feel good. But what else did you expect with the franchise’s QB playing at an elite level and standing on the sideline?
What did you think off Driskel?
Lions quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Matthew Stafford during warmups in Chicago, Sunday. (Photo: The Associated Press)
Gotta give it up to Driskel. He held it together and gave the Lions a chance to win. Since he was signed Sept. 17, reporters didn’t see him perform in training camp. He made some strong throws Sunday and showed off good pocket presence, as well as impressive speed. He threw for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His accuracy wasn’t great. He completed 58.7% of his passes (27 of 46) and as one late throw behind Kenny Golladay showed, his accuracy was likely a function of not having enough practice time with his receivers. My initial impression: Driskel is a credible backup who gives the Lions a chance to win games. Can’t ask for much more.ADVERTISING
Is the season over?
It was already on life support before the Lions fell to 3-5-1 with the loss to the Bears. Now, with seven games left and the Green Bay Packers enjoying a healthy lead in the division, the playoffs are pretty much a dream. So the season, as it pertains to a playoff push, is over. But now everyone — players, coaches and executives — must continue to compete hard for their jobs. That’s little solace to a fan base that was hoping for improvement on last year’s 6-10 finish. But that’s where the 2019 Lions find themselves, which is an all-too familiar position. Whatever happens the rest of the season will hinge largely on whether Stafford returns this season.