The Bears might not get their much-awaited chance at facing Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on Sunday.
The Lions listed him as questionable for the game because of hip and back injuries, and he was a limited participant in practice all three days. He is believed to have made the trip to Chicago for the game; the team is required to announce if any injured player does not travel.
Stafford told the media Wednesday there was no concern about the injury and he would play.
”I’m fine,” he said. “I’ll be good to go. I’m not really worried about it... I’m totally good.”
Stafford has 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He is fifth in the NFL with a 106 passer rating.
Jeff Driskel is the Lions’ backup quarterback. He played nine games, starting five, for the Bengals last season and posted an 82.2 passer rating.
Stafford has not missed a snap this season, despite being a regular on the injury report since September. He has a streak of 136 consecutive starts and threw for 406 yards with three touchdowns and an interception against the Raiders last week.
Defensive backs around the NFL look forward to facing Stafford because he’s a risk taker, and the Bears were surely eager to get their shot Sunday.
“There’s going to be opportunities,” defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. “He’s thrown five [interceptions] this year. Guys have taken advantage of some throws.
“You know he’s not afraid to take some chances and he counts on his guys to make some plays. We have just as much right to that ball as they do... I think he’s going to give us some shots.”
Stafford is 10-8 in his career against the Bears. He has 28 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions with an 85.4 passer rating.