Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: SLR Staff Predictions

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Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman (left) and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (right) shakes hands after the game at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a look at what the SideLion Report staff sees ahead when the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears tomorrow.

Matt Pelc – The Detroit Lions play in a pivotal game this Sunday, coming off the emotional comeback win over Dallas before the bye. Jay Cutler will be ready for to play after a groin injury seemingly was going to keep him out of this one. He’ll play and despite many Lions’ fans brushing Cutler’s impact off by saying, “Josh McCown is just as good,” Cutler is decent and, if fully healthy, could turn what seemed like a win for the Lions into question.

This is a huge game for both teams. As easy as the Lions’ schedule looks the rest of the way, the Bears also have several cupcakes coming up. With Aaron Rodgers out for awhile, Chicago and Detroit could battle for the division title.

The Lions haven’t won in Chicago since 2007 and haven’t swept the Bears in nine years. The teams are very evenly matched, but Cutler and home field advantage will provide the difference for the Bears as they gain the early upper-hand in the race for the NFC North title. But fear not, there is plenty of football to play for the Lions to get back on top. Bears 27, Lions 23

Zac Snyder – The Bears deserve a lot of credit for finding themselves in a three-way tie atop the NFC North right now. That being said, if these teams are who I think they are, the Lions should win a tough one. Even with the return of Jay Cutler, the Bears are just too beat up to reverse their first performance against the Lions. Even if they can make the adjustments to limit Reggie Bush, there’s still Calvin Johnson. Lions 26, Bears 23.

Dean Holden – It seems weird to say, but the Lions might be better off facing Jay Cutler this weekend than they would have been facing Josh McCown. I’m not kidding; check the numbers. Regardless, the Lions’ ability to win this game is going to be contingent upon their ability to do something they haven’t done in the last two games: force turnovers. Cutler is a turnover factory, the Lions just have to put themselves in position to start him up and reap the benefits. If they can do that and then roll over the Bears’ surprisingly poor defense, this shouldn’t even be an especially difficult game. Lions 35, Bears 20.

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