Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

NFL Viewing Guide Week 15 - Lions take on the Bears on Saturday

NFL Viewing Guide Week 15 - Lions take on the Bears on Saturday

The Lions' defense ranks 27th overall but it has proved it can be opportunistic against bad teams. But since squeaking by the Bears in Week 11, the Lions lost by seven at home to the Minnesota Vikings, were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens and - despite forcing five turnovers - beat the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers by only three points last week.

Detroit is dead last in the National Football League running the ball and average gain per run, while the Bears" "D' is 14th against the run and 10th in average gain per rush. However, the Bears are feisty and the Lions are still alive for the postseason.

When these two met only four weeks ago, the Lions needed a 52-yard Matt Prater field goal with 1:35 remaining and prevailed, 27-24, only after Connor Barth ended his Bears career by missing a 46-yard field-goal attempt to tie the game with three seconds remaining. The Bears ground game pounded out 222 yards on 30 attempts for a 7.4 average, while holding Detroit to 24 attempts for 65 yards and a 2.7-yard average on the ground.

Look for Jones and Kyle Fuller to tussle all day long. If they get down by ten early can they really fire back? That victory snapped a two-game losing streak, as the Lions are working through some struggles while trying to win out in order to have a chance at the playoffs.

Mitchell Trubisky directed an offense that had a season-high 482 yards and he became the franchise's first rookie to throw and run for touchdowns in a game since Jim McMahon in 1982.

INJURY REPORT: Detroit center Travis Swanson (concussion) and right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) were ruled out after both were unable to practice this week. A big win against a divisional rival would be nice, but will it save his job? Goldman's return from a hip injury will be a boost to the Bears; the nose tackle missed last week's game.

So even though the Lions have something to play for, this is a team that's beatable.

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