Justin Simon – The Bears defense is absolutely decimated in the front seven and I fully expect the Lions to take advantage of it in the run game. Jay Cutler may not be 100% but he still has the ability to sling the ball down field to his big wide receivers. In the end though, I expect the Lions to play better defense than the Bears and control the clock on with their ground attack. If the Lions can keep the Bears high-octane offense off the field they’ll be set up for victory.
As with any time you play the Bears, turnovers will be a factor. In week four the Lions came out on top in the turnover battle and they’ll need to do that again – especially on the road. I’m expecting another shootout between the two teams on Sunday. Lions 31, Bears 28
Aaron Meckes – We’ve grown accustomed to slow starts by the Lions, but watch for them to come out ready to go after the bye week. If Detroit can get pressure on Jay Cutler, he’ll do Jay Cutler things, which should benefit the Lions. The winner of this game will be the team that wins the turnover battle. Lions take it 31-21.
Darin Ackerman – Expect a physical game in this high stakes division match-up. The Lions, who have had two weeks to prepare, won’t be at full strength with Burleson, Ansah and Bentley all listed as doubtful. The return of Cutler, improved play from the Bears’ offensive line and a consistent running game will mean the Lions’ front four need to play their best game of the season. The Lions’ coaching staff will need to be creative to find mismatches against an opportunistic Bears’ defense and Bush will be the X factor in this regard. I give a slight edge to the Bears, who have won the last five in a row at Soldier Field. Bears 27, Lions 24