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Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 14 vs. Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears (3-9) @ Detroit Lions (8-4)

The Chicago Bears come to town for a meeting with the red-hot Detroit Lions, who have won 7 of their last 8 games. The Lions will look to avenge their earlier loss in the season to the Bears, where they were embarrassed 17-14. Matthew Stafford has been stellar since that day in early October and will be ready to continue his trip right towards the MVP and the NFL playoffs.

WHERE: Ford Field – Detroit, MI

KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. EST
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WEATHER: Dome

TV/RADIO: CBS / News Talk 760 | WJR-AM

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LINE: Lions -7, Over/Under 43.5 (Westgate)

Injury Report

Chicago

Adrian Amos S Full Participation in Practice
Deiondre’ Hall CB Full Participation in Practice
Pernell McPhee LB Full Participation in Practice
Tracy Porter CB Full Participation in Practice
Willie Young LB Full Participation in Practice
Michael Adams T Back Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
William Royal WR Toe Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Jonathan Anderson LB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Johnthan Banks CB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Josh Bellamy WR Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Marquess Wilson WR Groin Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Detroit

Travis Swanson C Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Ezekiel Ansah DE Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Don Carey S Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Eric Ebron TE Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Marvin Jones WR Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
DeAndre Levy LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Theo Riddick RB Wrist Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Dwayne Washington RB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Tahir Whitehead LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Three things to watch for: 

  • Home Field Advantage– On October the Lions went to Chicago and “got handled” according to head coach Jim Caldwell. They would have lost that game by 10 points had Andre Roberts not returned a punt late in the game to bring them within three. Expect tomorrow to be different. The Lions this year are 5-1 at home this year, tied with a plethora of other teams in second behind the Seattle Seahawks (6-0) for best home field record. On the flip side of that coin, the Bears are 0-6 on the road, tied with only the Browns and the 49ers for worst road record–two teams you never want to be compared with. Look for the Lions to step on the gas early, get the greatest fans in the world screaming their heads off, and then keep the pedal to the metal for sixty minutes.
  • Defense, Defense, Defense– Last week against the New Orleans Saints the Lions defense held future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to zero touchdowns and 3 interceptions. It was the first time in 61 home games that Brees failed to record a touchdown pass. This week they are facing Matt Barkley, the USC alum, who has been well-traveled in the league. He has completed 51 % of his passes for 589 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in only 3 games this season. If our defense can once again stop the run game of the Bears, admittedly much harder facing Jordan Howard, and force Barkley to beat them, we will walk away with the “W”.
  • “‘da Real MVP” – All year Matthew Stafford has played exceptionally well, except for October 2nd–the last time we faced the Bears. In that game Stafford was not what we have come to expect this year; he threw for 213 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs. Since that time he has been playing lights out. Since that game Stafford has 14 TDs to 1 INT, and has led the Lions to 7 wins in the last games,  6 of which  while trailing in the fourth quarter. He is making a statement for being the League’s MVP; and against Chicago, he should add to the resume.

Key Players for Chicago: RB Jordan Howard, WR Alshon Jeffery LB Willie Young

Jordan Howard has been a surprise this year, and with Jeremy Langford’s slow start, he took the starting job rather quickly. He has racked up 883 yards this year, at a 4.9 yards/carry average. On the other side of the ball is a familiar face, and one we need to keep aware of, Willie Young has recorded 7.5 sacks on the season and leads the team.

Prediction: Bears 10, Lions 34 

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