Preview: Detroit at Chicago

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois


While the Detroit Lions are moving closer to a memorable season, the helpless Chicago Bears may be ready to move on from Jay Cutler. The Lions look to clinch a playoff berth and possibly more when they visit their rival Bears on Sunday with Jimmy Clausen under center and the jobs of coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery hanging in the balance. A win clinches a postseason spot for Detroit, and the Lions could win the NFC North title and avoid a winner-take-all showdown at Green Bay next week should the Packers lose at Tampa Bay on Sunday. 

Detroit secured just its ninth double-digit win season - in 81 years - after its 16–14 victory over Minnesota last week and has its sights set on a first division title since 1993 and a third home playoff game in the last 57 years. "What we're doing right now is all for the city," defensive end and Detroit native Jason Jones told the Detroit Free Press. "The Lions have been through a lot of seasons where they haven't been too good. What we can bring  to this city, it's so important right now. Our fans want it. We want it." After Chicago's latest debacle, a 31-15 loss on national TV to New Orleans on Monday in which Cutler threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times by the 31st-ranked defense, Trestman decided to turn to Clausen, who is 1-9 as a starter and hasn't started a game since 2010.

TV: 1 p.m. FOX. LINE: Lions –7. O/U: 46  

ABOUT THE BEARS (5-9): Cutler has posted an NFL-high 24 turnovers and last year's No. 2 scoring offense has dropped to 19th this season. "We haven't been able to do the things that we want to get done," Trestman said about Cutler and the offense. "We've seen moments of it, but it's not where we need to be. But it's not all about Jay. It's about our entire offense, working together to get it done." The defense has been just as bad or worse, as the preseason Super Bowl contender has surrendered the most points (409) in the league, and the problems aren't just limited to the field. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer had to extend a tearful apology after disparaging comments he made about Cutler hit the press last week.

ABOUT THE LIONS (10-4): The defense, which shut out Minnesota in the second half and intercepted two passes, picked up an offense that garnered a season-low 233 total yards while Matthew Stafford finished with a season-worst 18.5 total quarterback rating. The Lions rank first in points allowed (17.0) and rushing defense (63.8) and second in total defense (300.3), and that unit will play a key role should next week's game in Green Bay be for the division title. The offense is operating at its lowest level since Stafford's 2009 rookie season, scoring only 20.7 points and averaging 340.9 yards of total offense. 

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Lions are 0-9 in road divisional games in December and January. 

2. Chicago has allowed 400 points for a second straight season and just third all-time. 

3. The Bears are paying Cutler $22.5 million this season, must pay him $15.5 million next year whether he's on the roster or not, and another $10 million in '16 if he's on the roster three days into the '15 season. 

PREDICTION: Lions 34, Bears 13 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Detroit 10-4 W3 20.1 17.0 7-1 2-3 1-2 9-2 0-0 4-0 8-2
Chicago 5-9 L3 21.1 29.2 2-5 3-4 3-7 2-2 0-1 1-3 4-6

Last Meeting

Detroit Chicago
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/27/14 CHI 17 DET 34 474 91 383 269 13 256

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
DET M. Stafford 75.6 390 2 0
CHI J. Cutler 64.6 280 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
DET J. Bell 23 91 4.0 2
CHI K. Carey 2 8 4.0 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
DET C. Johnson 11 146 13.3 2
CHI M. Bennett 8 109 13.6 0
TDs Player TD
DET J. Bell 2
CHI A. Jeffery 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
DET M. Stafford 61.5 3797 19 10
CHI J. Cutler 66.1 3640 28 18
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
DET J. Bell 197 726 3.7 6
CHI M. Forte 230 932 4.1 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
DET G. Tate 91 1224 13.5 4
CHI A. Jeffery 77 1027 13.3 9
TDs Player TD
DET J. Bell 7
CHI M. Forte 9

Quickchart Matchup

Detroit Off vs  Chicago Def
340.9 yards
382.4 yards
3.4 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
7.9 yards/attempt
Chicago Off vs  Detroit Def
338.2 yards
300.3 yards
4.1 yards/rush
3.1 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
4
-110
46
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
9.5
-110
44
Sportsbook
-110
9.5
-110
44
5Dimes.eu
-125
9.5
-110
44
GTBets.eu
-110
8
-110
44
Top Bet
-110
9
-110
44
BetOnline.ag
-110
8
-110
44
BetDSI
-115
8.5
-110
43.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-119
8.5
-114
44
Belmont
-110
9.5
-110
44
BookMaker.eu
-115
8.5
-110
43.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
8
-110
44.5
Mirage
-110
8.5
-110
44.5
Station
-110
8.5
-110
44.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall Chicago
10-4 W/L 5-9
7-7-0 ATS 5-9-0
4-10-0 O/U 8-6-0
20.1 Pts For 21.1
17.0 Pts Against 29.2
Detroit A/H Chicago
2-3 W/L 2-5
2-3-0 ATS 2-5-0
0-5-0 O/U 2-5-0
12.6 Pts For 19.4
18.4 Pts Against 26.6