The Detroit Lions (7-6) get a Saturday primetime home game against the Chicago Bears (4-9). This will be the 176th meeting between two of the NFL’s oldest teams. The Lions come into the game averaging 268.2 passing yards per game (4th in the league) while the Bears are averaging 124.5 rushing yards per game (7th in the league).
The Lions are in full desperation mode to make the playoffs, making winning out imperative. Every game is a must win and the Bears may pose a bigger threat than anybody. While Matthew Stafford looks to be over his hand injury, there’s no telling what could happen in this classic black and blue division matchup.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 Eastern time on NFL Network.
Nathan McDaniel (8-5 on predictions)
Chicago Bears: 24 Detroit Lions: 35
Another must-win scenario for the Lions with playoff hopes fading. I love it.
The Bears are exponentially better than the last time the Lions played them in Week 11, making this an ultimate trap game for the Lions. Jordan Howard and company are running over the league (Howard rushed for 125 yards the season’s first meeting) and they look to pounce on a poor Lion’s rush defense.
If Matthew Stafford wants to put his money where his mouth is, this is the chance to do it. Take advantage of the Bears small corners and exploit their lack of depth. Both Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are on track for 1,000 receiving seasons, so expect big days from both of them.
I don’t see the run game becoming any more effective this week against a defense that allowed just over 100 yards a game, but you never know. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn’t in the hot seat yet, but if the Lions blow this game he certainly will be. This is gonna be a punch-for-punch game that will ultimately decide the Lions postseason hopes, but I expect them to come out on top.
Austin Short (8-5)
Chicago Bears: 23 Detroit Lions: 34
The Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears this weekend at Ford Field. It is the second meeting of the season between these two division rivals. The Bears always seem to play the Lions tough, so it should be a good game.
Aj Kajy (9-4)
Chicago Bears: 17 Detroit Lions: 31
The Lions’ path that could only be described as a path destined for the Lions. Expect them to win, and keep the fans hopes up for another week.
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