Week 17: Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears game preview

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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

Injury Report:

Chicago

Bears Injury Status
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

Detroit

Lions Injury Status
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

Fear Ameer!

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.

Draft Status

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.

Potential Milestones

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.