Chicago Bears (3-12) vs Detroit Lions (7-8)
kick off: noon, sunday, ford field, detroit
tv set: Fox (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Slake)
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NFL ON SiriusXM: Bears Broadcast 119 & 385. Lions Broadcast 108 & 230
Latest Betting Lines: Lions 4 1/2 (51 1/2 over/under). Money line, the Bears bet $100 and win $205. Lions, bet $250 and win $100.latest bet SI.com sportsbook information.
BearDigest Records: 12-3, against spread 7-7-1.
series: 186th regular season game. The Bears are 104-76-5 against the Lions, including his 44-46-1 away record. The Lions won 31–30 at Soldier Field on November 13. The Bears are on a four-game winning streak in Detroit.
coach: Bears coach Matt Everfuls is 3-12 in his first season and 0-1 against the Lions. Dunn Campbell of the Lions is his 10-21-1 coach in his second season in Detroit, and he’s 15-28-1 overall as an NFL head coach. He’s 1-2 against the Bears.
The Bears led the Buffalo Bills 10–6 at halftime on a day when wind chill hit -12 for kickoff at Soldier Field, but the Bills scored a touchdown and a David Montgomery fumble. to score again and control 35. -13.The Bears lost for the second straight week despite three takeaways, including fumbles on Kyler Gordon, Nick Morrow and Elijah Hicks as he recovered. The Bills held the Bears to his second-lowest 80 total rushing yards this season, while Justin Fields recorded his season-lowest 11 rushing yards.
The Lions needed a win over the Carolinas and went 34-20 after scoring a 4th quarter TD. The Lions gave up 320 rushing yards to Carolina, rushing only 45 yards. Jared Goff threw for his 355 yards and he threw 3 TDs, hitting 25 of 42. Receiver DJ Chark had 4 catches for him for 108 yards and TE Shane Zilstra he made all three Lions TD catches.
This season: The Bears tied a franchise record with an eight-game losing streak, breaking the mark in losses. They have lost seven times by touchdowns and conversions by two points or less. Justin Fields started his 25th career on Sunday, scoring his 88.3 passer rating for the season, his 16 TD passes, his 10 interceptions and his 62.3% completion rate. (185 out of 297 times). He has 1,011 rushing yards on his 150 carries, and he needs 196 yards to break his QB rushing record held by Lamar Jackson. TE Cole Kmet leads the Bears with 44 receptions in 460 yards. Darnell Mooney has the most receiving yards (493) but is in the IR. Running back David Montgomery has 756 yards on 188 carries with five TDs. RB Khalil Herbert leads all his NFL running backs in yards per carry with 5.7 yards. The Bears are last with 18 sacks, with safety Jaquan Brisker leading the team with four. CB Kyler Gordon needs an interception to tie his lead with Eddie Jackson, 4, in IR.
The Lions started 1-6 but needed a win to reach .500 at 7-7, lose to Carolina and fight for the wild card spot. They would lose on Sunday and be eliminated with Washington’s victory over Cleveland. QB Jared Goff needs him 41 yards to reach 4,000 yards in a season. He has 338 of 524 yards for 3,959 yards, 26 TDs and he has 7 interceptions, and his passer rating is 98.3. Slot WR Amon La St. Brown, brother of Bears receiver Equanimius St. Brown, had 96 receptions for 1,050 yards and six touchdowns. Caliph Raymond has 40 catches, Josh Reinos has 36, and his remaining throws go to different targets. TE Shane Zylstra has 10 catches, but four went to TDs, while rookie edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson said he had seven sacks and was beaten by former Illinois defensive back Kirby. Joseph leads the Lions with his three interceptions.
- The Bears are 26th in offense, 32nd in passing (last), and rushing first. Ranked 22nd in scoring. Chicago ranks 24th in defense, 12th in passing, and 30th in running. Only the Lions allowed more points than the Bears.
- The Lions are 4th in offense, 8th in passing, and 16th in rushing. They are fifth in points. Detroit is 32nd in defense (last), 30th in passing, and 28th in running. The Lions scored more points than any team in the NFL.
- Bears: G Ja’Tyre Carter (back) and LB Sterling Weatherford (ill) out. WR Chase Claypool (knee), WR Dante Pettis (ankle) and TE Trevon Wesco (calf) are questionable.
- Lions: Missed T. Kayode Awosica (ankle) and S. Desson Elliott (shoulder). RB Justin Jackson (hip), C Frank Ragneau (legs) and LB Josh Woods (biceps) are questionable.
note: Goff had three 300-yard passing games in December. He had his 9th inning TD but no interceptions. …Goff said he hasn’t thrown an INT in 7 games, and he’s the only QB in the NFL to have 25 TD passes, but only 7 INTs. If he also gains his 41 yards, it will be his third time in his career to achieve his 4,000 yards. The Bears are just 278 rushing yards away from the franchise record set in 1984. … Fields rushes he’s 7th in the NFL. … Lions TE needs him two TD catches to break the franchise record for TE TD catches. … St. Brown is one of only his three players (Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr.) to have made 90 or more catches in his first two seasons.
Next week: The Bears will play the Vikings at home Sunday at noon, while the Lions will finish the season at noon Sunday in Green Bay.
Main individual matches
Bears CB Josh Blackwell vs. Lions WR Amon La St. Brown
St. Brown goes all over the field and if Blackwell is to take the slot again, the easiest place for him to break down the secondary should be on the inside. Blackwell’s experience is very limited. He has only been on the field 92 times, and he has been targeted only 10 times. Ra may be targeted 10 times in half. Rated as the second best receiver in the league by the PFF, St. Brown has six catches or a seven-game streak or more. In his first game against the Bears, he recorded his 10th catch for 119 yards, at which point his second catch was intact.
Bears CB Jaron Jones vs. Lions WR DJ Chark
Chark gives the Lions passing attack verticality and a 50-50 chance. The 6-4, 198-pound ex-Jaguars receiver has returned in his sixth game here from an ankle injury and posted serious rep counts in his final game. He has three receiving yards of 94 or more in the last five. The Bears probably didn’t expect him to use an undrafted Mississippi cornerback in 46% of his snaps defensively this year, but here’s the injury landscape in the secondary. According to Sportradar, Jones had been targeted 42 times and had a respectable passer rating of 92.0. He allowed just one TD catch and had his first two pass breaks of the season against Buffalo.
Bears CB Kyler Gordon vs. Lions WR Josh Reynolds
Reynolds averaged 3.3 catches for 53.3 yards against the Bears and has battled ankle, knee and back injuries this year. His experience probably makes him a better target for the Lions against the Bears than future Jameson Williams. Gordon was forced into a leading role as a rookie and played at a higher level from November 27 against Atlanta. His coverage was outstanding, though he still spurts when he doesn’t make the tackles he needs.
Bears DE Trevis Gipson vs. Lions T Penay Sewell
The Lions’ sophomore right tackle was only allowed two sacks that year and is rated the 10th best tackle by the PFF. His run block was great, even more effective than his pass block, but the Lions have the best pitch. Gipson remains active but unproductive for the Bears as a rusher or to stop a run. His ceiling looked high a year ago he had a 3-4 scheme and Khalil he was his third edge behind Mack and Robert Quinn. As he replaced Mack he had seven sacks and now has no sacks since Week 2. He ranks 114th among his PFF grades of his 120 Edges players and 118th for runs. Coach Matt Everfuls has been talking about moving Justin Jones out to get more endings, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it in this match against Sewell’s power block. is not.
Bears RT Riley Leaf vs. Lions DE Aidan Hutchinson
It’s no easy rookie to break into the top 25 edge positions in the PFF given how many good edge players there are in the league, but the former Michigan standout has achieved it. His relentless play combined with intelligence and solid technique led to seven sacks and 13 quarterback hits, as well as two interceptions. He had a sack and a season-high eight tackles against the Chicago Bears. Rafe allowed him three sacks, and he was rated the 50th tackle among his 81 tackles rated by the PFF. It’s unclear if the Bears plan to replace him again with Alex Leatherwood. They did this for his two games, and last week let Leatherwood put him on the field for just one game. Reiff provided a little more stability in that position.
Bears DT Justin Jones vs. Lions LG Jonah Jackson
A former Ohio standout player, Jackson is on the rise in analyst views, ranking 21st among guards in the league and 11th as a run blocker. It needs to improve, but Sack does not allow it. Jones could slip away to take more ends in this game, but his usual three-technique his spot this year hasn’t pleased the analytical department. The PFF rates him 112 of his 125 defensive tackles. After getting off to a solid start, he recorded a loss for his four tackles in just one of his last 10 games. His last sack was in his fifth week and he has two sacks this year.
Bears G Steven Jenkins vs. Lions DT Isaiah Baggs
Jenkins’ return this week from a neck injury brings back the guard, who ranked 4th in the PFF rankings and 3rd among run blockers this year. Without Jenkins and starting left guard Cody Whitehair, it was no surprise that the Bears struggled on the ground last week. Nominated. He is ranked his 101st by his PFF blocking his 125 internal defensive lineman deficit, and in 1 sack he has 38 tackles and no tackle losses. A 6-foot-3-inch, 295-pounder would have a hard time keeping up with the highly mobile Jenkins at 6-6 inches and 320 pounds.
Bears TE Cole Koumet vs. Lions LB Alex Anzalone
Kumet’s single-game yardage as a receiver this year was against the Lions, who had 74 yards on four receptions, but defending passes is considered to be Anzalone’s strength. In this game he is second level as a blocker where Kmet can actually do damage. He has become a much better run blocker this year, with Anzalone ranking him 82nd among his 85 linebackers rated by the PFF in defending runs.
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