Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears Week 14 Preview

Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears Week 14 Preview

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears hold the longest-running annual series in the NFL. Both teams have met at least once a season since 1930. The Bears hold the series lead 97–71–5.

FUNDAMENTALS:

Opponent: Chicago Bears

When: Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.

Television: Fox 2 Detroit

Radio: WJR-AM 760

WHAT’S ON THE LINE:

With the Lions already at a 90% chance of making the playoffs (per, fivethirtyeight.com) and an 82% chance of winning the division a win against the lowly Chicago Bears virtually seal a postseason game. While the Lions lost to the Bears in Chicago earlier this year they do have won the previous six games.

The Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks this week at Lambeau Field, so you can really root for either team in that one. Green Bay wins: Lions inch closer to a first-round bye. Seattle wins: Detroit gets closer to clinching the NFC North. It’s a win-win no matter what happens… as long as the Lions take care of business, of course.

Detroit’s offense played conservatively in the 17-13 loss to the Bears in week four and allowed Chicago’s defense to dictate the game. We will see if playing at Ford Field and the momentum will help the Lions on Sunday.

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WATCH FOR…

  1. Von Lozon: Detroit’s defensive line. They weren’t able to get a lot of pressure on Drew Brees last week, managing just one sack and three hits, and New Orleans’ offensive line isn’t something to gloat about. Luckily, the secondary picked off the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback three times, helping Stafford set up scoring drives. I want to see Ziggy and the gang get to Matt Barkley early and often in this one. If they don’t, it could be another oddly close game with Chicago.
  1. Kyle Mallett: Wide receivers. It’s hard to find something the Bears do well, but their pass defense is actually a top ten unit. Golden Tate torched the Saints last week, and Boldin had another great game. The receivers need to keep that trend going against a banged up Chicago defense, and continue to cover for a lackluster run game.
  1. Kent Platte: Nevin Lawson, Adairius Barnes and Johnson Bademosi. Quandre Diggs struggled at nickel this season before his injury, but the defense can’t afford even a small downgrade in their secondary at this point in the season. I’m interested if Lawson flips inside, if one or the other does, or if they go a different route like using even more big nickel.
  1. Nick Kostora: Avoiding the trap. Last week, Detroit went on the road and dominated an opponent in a way many of us weren’t sure they were capable of. Now, Detroit plays a subpar divisional opponent at home in a game that should be won with ease. Can the Lions avoid the trap and continue playing with a sense of urgency? They’ve shown no reason to believe otherwise, but it’s still possible that Detroit lays the proverbial egg that hasn’t been seen since…well, the last time they played the Bears.
  1. Kevin Remenap: Everything. This team just won a huge road game and controls its own destiny. The Lions should be ready to smash this Bears’ team after a humiliating, hot-seat inducing loss early this season. Will the team be prepared, or will they play an error-prone disaster like they did earlier this year in Chicago?
  1. Michael Berson: The secondary. After intercepting Brees three times last week, the secondary will be watched to see if they can pick off the Bears’ third string quarterback, Matt Barkley. Also to see who will replace Diggs as the slot corner and if they will perform as well as he had been.

Predictions:

Von Lozon (5-7): Chicago is bad. Detroit isn’t (at the moment). That’s all I’m saying for this week. Lions 27, Bears 10

Kyle Mallett (7-5): It’s hard for anyone to pick against the Lions in this one. This team is totally different than it was two months ago when they lost in Chicago. Detroit has won seven of its last eight games since that Chicago loss, and it’s looking like a playoff ready team. There’s absolutely no way the Lions lose this game. Lions 28, Bears 6

Kent Platte (6-6): I’m willing to bank the whole game execution the team had against the Saints carries over to the much feeble Bears. Teryl Austin’s defense is playing at a much higher level than they were earlier in the year, and Matt Barkley doesn’t pose much of a threat with the motley cast of skill players he has to work with. Lions 24, Bears 10

Nick Kostora (5-7): Detroit’s defense turned me into a believer last week and I’ll happily ride the good vibes into this divisional game. Chicago’s running game is obviously its biggest asset, and Jordan Howard is the type of athletic, downhill runner that can give Detroit issues. However, Chicago’s passing game is non-existent and the Lions have more than enough offensive firepower to counteract whatever the Bears do. Lions 27, Bears 17

Kevin Remenap (5-7): The Lions have a shot at their first division title since the dawn of the NFC North, and need to beat the Bears to help make that dream a reality. They Bears are too beat up, but the Lions have also lost a few guys to season-ending IR this week. But the Lions have momentum on their side, plus Ford Field will be JACKED. Lions 24, Bears 17

Michael Berson (7-5): The Lions are a completely different team; the offense is playing better than it was the last time they played the Bears and the defense has been consistent. Meanwhile, the Bears are…well, the Bears. If the Lions cannot defeat a third string quarterback, they might as well throw in the towel. Lions 35, Bears 6

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