The Chicago Bears’ demise is a mixed blessing for the Detroit Lions.
On the plus side, the NFC North rival Bears were blown out by the Vikings in Week 18. Former Lions backup quarterback Tim Boyle pitched two interceptions in eight passes in relief of Nathan Peterman, who took over at quarterback for the injured Justin Fields. It was the Bears’ tenth consecutive loss to end the season, and their 12th in 13 games. Chicago finished 3-14, the league’s worst record.
Of course, the Lions and the rest of the NFC North face a conundrum. With the loss, Chicago secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, which was combined with the Houston Texans’ incredible comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts. Houston’s win, the Texans’ second in three weeks, improved their record to 3-13-1 and cost them the top pick.
Based on the roster that played in Detroit’s 41-10 thrashing in Week 17, the Bears have pressing needs all over the field. They don’t appear to be looking for a quarterback, but they could be interested in trading for a slew of draft picks from a team that is.
Houston will take the second pick and desperately needs a quarterback. So do the Colts, who will select fourth or fifth (depending on the Cardinals/49ers game).