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Chicago Bears Game Today: Matt Nagy breaks the losing streak in a Thanksgiving Day match against the Detroit Lions

DETROIT – The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 16-14 in a Thanksgiving Day match in Motor City on Thursday.

Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards and 1 touchdown when replacing the injured Justin Fields.

The win crowns a dramatic 48 hours of uncertainty for Matt Nagy, who has since been promised his job as Bears Head Coach.

The bears are now on a 4-7 record.

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The winless Detroit Lions (0-9-1) will open the NFL game schedule on Thanksgiving as usual and their guests have many problems of their own for a change.

The game starts at 11:30 am Central Time.

The Chicago Bears (3-7) have lost five straight times and could lose their coach this week too.

Less than 48 hours before kick-off at Ford Field, embattled Matt Nagy was riddled with questions at a press conference about a report telling him he would no longer train the Bears after Thursday’s game.

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The Patch.com story about the layoff was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Konkol, a former Chicago Sun-Times news reporter, and did not cite a source.

Nagy said the report was incorrect.

“I understand how the media world is going, I understand,” he said. “But if at the same time I get to a point where it prevents me from being the best leader I can be for this team, I won’t let that happen.”

If Chicago only played Detroit, Nagy would have as much stability as any coach in the sport. He’s 6-1 against the Lowly Lions and a game under .500 against the rest of the NFL.

Nagy is 31-27 and 0-2 in the playoffs over four years, a mark boosted by winning 12 games in his debut season. Bear fans clearly sound fed up with him and sing “Fire Na-gy!” last week as the team lost a lead in the last 30 seconds for the second week in a row.

Bear Safety Tashaun Gipson insisted the players didn’t give up on Nagy.

“In my 10 years I’ve had six losses, maybe seven,” said Gipson. “So I obviously know what a loss feels like. I know what a lost locker room is like, and it’s not.”

Detroit has been getting closer to victory lately but is still falling short. It lost three points last Sunday in Cleveland after drawing 16 in Pittsburgh the previous week.

First year coach Dan Campbell desperately hopes the Lions will get away with a win over the holiday.

“You know the spotlight is on and you want to be your best performance, your best game and win for sure,” said Campbell. “That’s what this thing is about, but it’s going to be special. It’s going to be good.”

BELOW THE CENTER

Chicago starts with veteran 11-year-old quarterback Andy Dalton, with rookie Justin Fields out after injuring his ribs last week. The three-time pro bowler was injured earlier this year and left the line-up with a knee injury after starting the first two games of the season.

Lions are confident Jared Goff will be back on the scene after missing a game with a sloping injury. Goff is classified as questionable after being restricted in practice all week. As lackluster as Goff looked, backup Tim Boyle was even worse against the Browns. He was 15 of 23 for 77 yards with two interceptions in his first NFL start.

BEAT AGAIN

For the third year in a row, the Bears have lost more than four games in a row.

“I mean, I’m not going to lie and tell you that you’ll just get rid of it,” said Cole Kmet.

Chicago fell back six times in a row last year before reforming to reach the playoffs as the seventh seed in an expanded field.

SILVER STRIPE

Detroit’s all-season best player was sophomore running back D’Andre Swift. He had a career high of 136 yards in Cleveland and has run 266 yards and a touchdown in the last two games. He leads all running backs with 53 receptions.

“The most important thing is the games he gets. We’re maximizing his potential so we can get the best out of him,” said Campbell. “He’s been stable and reliable all year round and he’s really grown.”

SACK ATTACK

The Bears have 10 sacks in their last two games, giving them 31 this season to tie Minnesota for the standings earlier in the week.

The Bears had six sacks against Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley, including a career high of 3 1/2 from resurgent Robert Quinn. You fired Ben Roethlisberger from Pittsburgh four times in the previous week.

Quinn has 10 sacks this year, hitting double digits for the fifth time in 11 seasons after having just two in 2020.

BANGING UP

Together with Fields, defensive end Akiem Hicks and running back Damien Williams will be injured for the Bears. Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson is questionable after missing a game with a hamstring injury. Lions starting guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai and backup cornerback AJ Parker will be inactive after being injured against the Browns.

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this post.

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