Detroit faces long odds to make the playoffs, yet those odds would increase dramatically with a win today over the 4-9 Chicago Bears at Ford Field. The Bears gave the Lions trouble in their first meeting, going up double-digits and coming up just short of a game-tying field goal. Let’s see what our Full Press Lions writing staff is predicting for this Week 15 NFC North showdown.
Lions 24, Bears 14
Despite winning last week, the Lions are not playing particularly well right now. The Bears, on the other hand, may have finally found a groove with rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and are coming off of arguably their best performance of the season. But the Lions own the Bears as of late, winning eight of the past nine contests. Detroit gets the job done and keeps their playoff hopes alive.
Lions 24, Bears 14
Detroit needs this win. The Bears would love to end the Lions’ playoff chances. So this is going to be a tough game for sure. I don’t think the Lions’ running game woes end this week, but I do think the pass attack explodes. Defensively, I bet the Lions become turnover monsters again and it is the difference in this game. It won’t be easy, but I’m picking the Lions confidently.
Lions 24, Bears 21
The Bears’ run game has been hitting on all cylinders the past few weeks and while the Lions should slow them down some, I expect three scores from the Howard/Cohen tandem. The Bears defense will give Matthew Stafford some problems, but I expect him to keep the team in this game. Expect a big Matt Prater finish.
Lions 24, Bears 17
Chicago has played the Lions tough the past two years, despite finishing as one of the worst teams in the NFL. Record-wise, the Bears are in the midst of another bad season, however, they are coming off of a 33-7 win over the Bengals and look to be putting things together. The Lions have a decided advantage at quarterback with Matthew Stafford over Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Still, I expect a tough game with the Lions pulling away in the fourth quarter.