In his third career season in the NFL, Matthew Stafford will be making his third start at Soldier Field. In his first two starts, Stafford didn't make it out healthily.
In Week 4 of his rookie season, Stafford twisted his knee late in the game and wound up missing the next four weeks. In Week 1 of last season, Stafford injured his shoulder at the end of the first half, forcing him to miss the second half and the next seven weeks. Let's hope this year, the first time he's made it this far into the season without missing a game, turns out differently.
And if Stafford is able to make it through an entire game at Soldier Field, it's likely he'll do pretty well. Before being injured in the two games there his first two seasons, he was a combined 35-for-51 for 379 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Stafford played one of his worst games of this season against the Bears back in October on Monday Night Football in Detroit, but he still threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. While the Bears have shut down the opposing team's passing attacks in their last three games (all wins), they are still allowing above the league average in points.
If Stafford can put aside his bad luck at Soldier Field, he'll reward fantasy owners with a strong week, like he has done most weeks this season.