Week 15 opponent: What the Bears are saying

Every week during the regular season, the opposing head coach and sometimes a player speak to the Detroit media via conference call. This week it was only Bears head coach John Fox on the call.

So, what did he have to say about Saturday’s matchup?

1. Fox said last week’s 33-7 drubbing of the Bengals on the road was probably their best performance of the season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Bears gained 482 yards of offense, 232 of those coming on the ground.

View photos of the starters for the Chicago Bears.

2. The Bears are slowly starting to take the training wheels off rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He’s becoming more aggressive with some throws down the field, and Fox said it’s been fun to watch that maturation. Trubisky will be coming to Detroit with a lot of confidence after completing 25-of-32 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. That performance included no turnovers.

3. The Bears are 3-1 on the season when they out-rush their opponent. The only loss was to the Lions Week 11.

“I think that one (Detroit) was very frustrating,” Fox said. “We missed a field goal there late to tie it up. I think the stats prove it. I think the mindset of our football team kind of rolls that way.” 

4. Fox pointed out that the Bears have played a lot of close ball games this season, but haven’t been able to pull enough of them out late. He said the Bears are 3-6 this season in one-score contests.

5. Fox was with Lions kicker Matt Prater in Denver when he went through some of his struggles off the field. Fox said he’s equally impressed with what Prater’s been able to accomplish both on and off the field the last few seasons in Detroit.

6. The Bears have suffered a ton of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but it seems like whoever they plug in makes plays. Fox said last week it was Howard Jones, who had a couple sacks. Defensively, the Bears rank in the top half of the NFL in every major statistical category.

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