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Lions' QB Matt Stafford will miss Sunday's game against the Bears with fractured bones in his back

Lions' QB Matt Stafford will miss Sunday's game against the Bears with fractured bones in his back

Matt Stafford won't play against the Bears. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, after looking at bones in his back, doctors directed that Stafford not play. There were rumors last night that he could be a gametime decision, but Schefter's already reported that the QB will be out for Sunday's game at Soldier Field:

It's obviously a tough loss for the Lions, who will be without Stafford for the first time in 136 games. The QB has made every start for Detroit since 2010, when he only played in three games after suffering a shoulder injury. Stafford was having an MVP-caliber season in 2019, ranking fifth in passer rating through the first half of the year. 

In his place will be Driskel, a sixth-round pick in 2014 who's making his first start since a brief stint with the Bengals in 2018. He started five games for Cincinnati last season, going 1-4 while throwing for 1,003 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. 

On the surface it's good news for a Bears team looking to win for the first time since Sept. 29. According to Football Outsider's DVOA, Detroit came into Sunday with the fifth-best passing offense and the 28th-best run game. The (tired, so tired) Bears' pass-defense – that's still top-10 pretty much across the board – would rather play Driskell than Stafford. That said, this is basically the same defense that saw Miami's Brock Osweiler come off the bench and put 380 yards and three touchdowns on them in Week 6 last year, so anything's possible. 

Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?

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Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?

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(18:00) - What can the NFL learn from MLB's return-to-play plan?

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(37:00) - Bears coverage will change this year

(45:13) - Jay Cutler's missing chickens

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Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

The failures of former Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd have been well documented. His inability to develop into the kind of pass rusher GM Ryan Pace was expecting when he selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2016 forced Chicago to make a massive investment in the position this offseason when they signed Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal.

The Bears' decision to move on from Floyd was the result of his absolute failure to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. He managed just 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Chicago, including a career-low three in 2019. 

Quinn represents a massive upgrade opposite Khalil Mack, and he told Terrell Owens on the 'Getcha Popcorn Ready' podcast that he wants to be the missing piece on what could be a championship-caliber defense.

"They already have the talent there," Quinn said of the Bears defense. "I'm just trying to bring the icing on the cake. I believe in my talents. I know what I bring to the table and again I know what they had there already. 

"I think with that formula, we can do something special this year."

Quinn had a bounce-back season in 2019 with the Cowboys when he registered 11.5 sacks. It was his first season with more than 10 sacks since 2014, but it wasn't a fluke. Quinn's battled injuries over the last few years (which is obviously a concern moving forward), but when healthy, he's one of the game's top sack artists.

Quinn had a remarkable 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams.

Quinn's presence off the edge will be a boon for Mack, who's coming off his worst season since his rookie year. His 8.5 sacks broke his streak of four-straight seasons with 10.5 sacks or more. Mack's down season was proof that he isn't Superman, although he sometimes plays like it, and that he needs a complementary edge rusher who can take some focus of pass protection away from him. Quinn will be that guy.

The only thing that will prevent Quinn from making a massive impact with the Bears is his health. He's played a full 16 games just once in the last five years; he appeared in 14 games in 2019.