The Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears in what many are calling an important early-season NFC North Showdown. The 2-1 Lions can grab a share of first place with a win over the 3-0 Bears but the Lions coaches and players weren’t buying in to this being an important game because of the standings. Jim Schwartz is fond of saying that all games are important and maybe this one takes on a little more significance because it is a divisional game but wouldn’t say the game’s importance has anything to do with a shot at first place. Similarly, Dominic Raiola stated that the Bears game is important simply because it is the next game they will play.
Whatever the case, the Lions will surely be glad to be playing at home again after two weeks on the road. With the team returning with a winning record, you can bet the Ford Field crowd will be loud and ready to do their part in making things difficult on the visiting Bears. Whether you will be one of the 65,000 packing Ford Field this afternoon or watching from home, here is all the gameday details you need to know.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field – Detroit, MI
TV: Fox (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick)
Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Live Stream: NFL Live
Favorite: Lions by 3
Game Time Weather: Indoors
When we last met: December 30, 2012
It was the season finale and the Lions already held the league’s longest active losing streak while the Bears needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Chicago raced out to a 20-3 second quarter lead, but the Lions cut it to 20-17 in the third quarter when Matthew Stafford found Will Heller for a ten yard score. Olindo Mare added two field goals to bring his total to four for the day to tack on the additional points the Bears would need to pull out the 26-24 win.
Out: Nate Burleson (forearm)
Doubtful: Patrick Edwards (ankle)
Questionable: Ziggy Ansah (abdomen), Don Carey (hamstring), Jason Fox (groin), Corey Hilliard (groin)
Probable: Reggie Bush (knee), Chris Houston (hand), Calvin Johnson (knee), Louis Delmas (knee), DeAndre Levy (abdomen), Ashlee Palmer (ankle), Rob Sims (shoulder), Ndamukong Suh (knee)