Allen Park — For the second time in three weeks, the Detroit Lions will be tasked with stopping a three-headed backfield.
It didn’t go well against Seattle, when the Seahawks nickel and dimed their way to 176 yards on the ground with running backs Chris Carson and Mike Davis and the measured scrambles of quarterback Russell Wilson.
This week, division foe Chicago brings a similar, if not more diverse, attack centered around Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Howard is the group’s thunder. The 6-foot, 224-pounder has had some struggles in the Bears’ new offensive scheme but remains the top option in the rotation. He’s averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry through eight games this season, but he has four touchdowns in the past three games.
Cohen is the lightning. He's a versatile option who can run between the tackles, take a pitch around the edge or stress a defense with an extensive route tree coming out the backfield. He leads the team with 635 yards from scrimmage.
And the tandem is supplemented by the fleet of foot Trubisky, who is second in rushing among quarterbacks, with 302 yards.
Combined, the Bears have a top-10 rushing attack, which the Lions must figure out how to stop with their 30th-ranked run defense that has been susceptible to big plays.
Cornerback Darius Slay (knee) and guard T.J. Lang (neck) sat out practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday.
Additionally, six Lions remained limited: defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), running back LeGarrette Blount (knee), linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder), running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle), linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) and tight end Luke Willson (shoulder).
Lions at Bears
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, Soldier Field, Chicago
Records: Lions 3-5, Bears 5-3
Line: Bears by 6