Preview: Chicago at Detroit

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan


Led by emerging MVP candidate Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions eye their fifth straight win when they host Chicago Bears on Sunday. Stafford has thrown 14 touchdown passes against just one interception in his past eight games as the Lions have seized a two-game lead in the NFC North.

The Lions dominated New Orleans 28-13 last week with their improving defense shutting down Drew Brees, the NFL's top passer in the process. Detroit, which is 5-1 at home, could take a stranglehold in the division race with a victory as it seeks to host its first home playoff game in 23 years. The Lions' defense will try to stop Matt Barkley, who helped the Bears snap their three-game losing streak with a 26-6 win over San Francisco last week. Chicago defeated Detroit 17-14 earlier in the season as Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns filling in for Jay Cutler at quarterback, but both signal-callers have long been ruled out for the season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Lions -7.5. O/U: 43.5.

ABOUT THE BEARS (3-9): The Bears are 0-6 on the road this season and their passing game has been decimated by injuries. They added Marquess Wilson (groin) to their long list of banged-up receivers last week and have to wait another game until Alshon Jeffrey can return from his suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Barkley notched his first NFL win against the 49ers but he was mostly ineffective, throwing for just 192 yards without a touchdown in the snow. Jordan Howard picked up the slack by gaining 117 and scoring three times as his outstanding rookie season continues.

ABOUT THE LIONS (8-4): Stafford, who is sixth in the league with a 100.5 passer rating, had his worst game of the season against the Bears, throwing two of his five interceptions without a touchdown. Things should be better this time around as Detroit, which had come from behind in the fourth quarter to win all of its games this season before throttling the Saints last week. Running back Theo Riddick, who leads the team with 357 yards on the ground, missed practice time with an ankle injury but expects to play. The Lions re-signed Joique Bell as Dwayne Washington's ankle injury appears to be more serious.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Chicago ranks 30th in the league in scoring at 17 points a game and is unsure if cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee) will be able to make his season debut this week.

2. Lions K Matt Prater has made all five of his attempts of 50-plus yards this year and is a perfect 25-for-25 in his career on game-winning or game-tying field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime. 

3. Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

PREDICTION: Lions 35, Bears 14

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Chicago 3-9 W1 17.0 22.5 3-3 0-6 3-6 0-3 0-0 2-1 3-5
Detroit 8-4 W4 22.9 20.9 5-1 3-3 0-3 8-1 1-0 2-2 6-2

Last Meeting

Chicago Detroit
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/2/16 DET 14 CHI 17 408 114 294 263 66 197

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CHI B. Hoyer 77.8 302 2 0
DET M. Stafford 63.9 213 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CHI J. Howard 23 111 4.8 0
DET T. Riddick 11 31 2.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CHI E. Royal 7 111 15.9 1
DET M. Jones Jr. 5 74 14.8 0
TDs Player TD
CHI Z. Miller 1
DET A. Roberts 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CHI B. Hoyer 67.0 1445 6 0
DET M. Stafford 67.2 3224 21 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CHI J. Howard 181 883 4.9 5
DET T. Riddick 92 357 3.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CHI A. Jeffery 40 630 15.8 1
DET G. Tate 65 762 11.7 3
TDs Player TD
CHI J. Howard 6
DET A. Boldin 6

Quickchart Matchup

Chicago Off vs  Detroit Def
348.2 yards
354.8 yards
4.4 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Detroit Off vs  Chicago Def
337.2 yards
326.8 yards
3.7 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chicago Overall Detroit
3-9 W/L 8-4
5-7-0 ATS 8-4-0
5-7-0 O/U 4-8-0
17.0 Pts For 22.9
22.5 Pts Against 20.9
Chicago A/H Detroit
0-6 W/L 5-1
1-5-0 ATS 5-1-0
3-3-0 O/U 2-4-0
15.0 Pts For 22.0
27.8 Pts Against 19.3