Detroit Lions (6-9) @ Chicago Bears (6-9)
Kickoff: 1pm EST
Where: Soldier Field — Chicago, Illinois
Weather: Partly sunny, high of 30 degrees. Wind out of the NNE at 15 mph, gusts up to 25.
TV/Radio: Fox/WXYT 97.1 FM
Line: Bears by 1.5
|WR Alshon Jeffery||Hamstring||Out|
|C Hroniss Grasu||Knee||Doubtful|
|WR Eddie Royal||Illness||Doubtful|
|S Adrian Amos||Shoulder||Questionable|
|CB Bryce Callahan||Quad||Questionable|
|RB Matt Forte||Back||Questionable|
|DL Jarvis Jenkins||Ankle/Illness||Questionable|
|LB Shea McClellin||Concussion||Questionable|
|LB Pernell McPhee||Knee||Questionable|
|TE Zach Miller||Toe||Questionable|
|CB Tracy Porter||Ankle||Questionable|
|DL Mitch Unrein||Knee||Questionable|
|LB Willie Young||Rib||Questionable|
|C Travis Swanson||Shoulder||Out|
|DE Jason Jones||Neck||Doubtful|
|RB Ameer Abdullah||Shoulder||Questionable|
|S Isa Abdul-Quddus||Shoulder||Questionable|
|WR Calvin Johnson||Ankle||Questionable|
|CB Nevin Lawson||Shoulder||Questionable|
|DT Haloti Ngata||Foot||Questionable|
|T Michael Ola||Knee||Questionable|
|LB Josh Bynes||Thumb||Probable|
Although he has struggled a bit with fumbles, Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah has continued to see a steady role in the offense, and could be poised for a career day against the Bears. Chicago ranks 27th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 124.5 yards per game. They have allowed at least 94 rushing yards in each game they have played in the second half of the season. Something else to keep in mind: the Bears have allowed three return touchdowns this year, two on kickoffs. Abdullah has not returned a kickoff to the house yet, but he did have a 104 yard kickoff return at Lambeau Field.
Stafford’s Smooth as Silk
Stafford has been on quite a roll the last two games, and is playing as well as any quarterback across the league. In those last two games, he has completed an astounding 82% of his passes, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. It will be interesting to see how he does in Chicago, as the Bears boast the fourth best passing defense in the league.
Depending on how things shake out across the league, the Lions could end up picking as early as ninth overall, or as late as 18th overall in the draft. With a win, they will likely end up somewhere in the teens. A loss would secure a last place finish in the NFC North division, and most likely a pick in the top 12.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford stands 36 passing yards shy of 4,000 for the season. If he is able to pass for those 36 yards, this will mark the fourth consecutive year he tops the 4,000 yard plateau.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah still sits at 13.5 sacks on the season, trailing only Khalil Mack (15) and JJ Watt (14.5) entering Sunday’s games. The Lions record for sacks in a season is 15, held by Robert Porcher.