MORE The Detroit Lions (7-6) host the Chicago Bears (4-9) at Ford Field on Saturday . Here's how our writers think the game will play out:
Lions 24, Bears 21: The Lions will almost certainly struggle with stopping running back Jordan Howard, as well as mobile quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. But the Bears don’t have much bite on offensive besides that. This game will be decided by both defenses. Chicago’s D ranks 11th overall, ninth against the pass and 14th in points allowed. The Lions’ defense ranks 27th overall but it has proved it can be opportunistic against bad teams.
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Lions 27, Bears 24: The Lions beat Tampa Bay by forcing five turnovers but that won’t happen against the Bears. Trubisky has thrown two interceptions in his past five games. Trubisky is coming off his best game of his career after completing 25-for-32 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. He’ll make it interesting, spreading the ball around. But the Lions will start off slow, hang on for dear life, and win it with a last-minute Matt Prater field goal, as Jim Caldwell holds onto his job for another week.
Lions 19, Bears 17: The only reason the Lions will win this game is because Aaron Rodgers is coming back. It's simply wouldn't mean as much if he were to come back and beat the Lions in the final regular-season game if the Lions were already eliminated from the playoffs.
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Lions 30, Bears 17: The Lions have done a good job of beating up on (or in some cases, surviving against) the bad teams on their schedule, and the Bears certainly qualify as one of those. The Bears have a one-dimensional offense with a rookie quarterback, and a solid defense that doesn’t get enough takeaways. The Lions aren’t a special team by any means, but they’re still in the playoff hunt and back home after two straight road games. Matthew Stafford needs to cut down on his turnovers, and protecting him is paramount today. But as long as Jordan Howard doesn’t run wild, the Lions should get their eighth win of the season to keep their postseason chances alive.
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