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The Roar: Bears Visit Lions for Saturday Match-up

The (4-9) Chicago Bears pay a visit to the (7-6) Detroit Lions for a rare edition of big boy football on a Saturday.

Last Sunday, the Bears devoured the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, 33-7. Mitch Trubisky went 25/32 for 271 yards and a touchdown. Kendall Wright was the leading target for Trubisky and the Bears as he reeled in 10 passes for 107 yards. On the ground, Chicago drove down the throat of Cincinnati’s defense. Jordan Howard had 23 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Tarik Cohen carried the ball 12 times for an impressive 80 yards.

Detroit squeaked out of Tampa Bay with a 24-21 victory. Matthew Stafford went 36-44 for 381 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Eric Ebron, who has been stout since surviving the trade deadline, caught 10 passes for 94 yards. Golden Tate caught eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Theo Riddick had a productive afternoon as he had 10 carries for 29 yards along with two rushing touchdowns and also caught six passes for 64 yards.

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The streak of not having a back reach 100 yards on the ground in a single game continued. Reggie Bush remains the most recent Lions’ back to accomplish the feat.

It won’t be much easier this time around against the Bears’ defense. Chicago, on average, allows 108.9 yards on the ground per game. They sit in the middle half of rankings for run defense.

As mentioned before the Lions topped the Bears in Chicago a few weeks back, 27-24, Chicago’s record doesn’t explain how tough they’ve played teams. They’re played in several close games against tough opponents. With Detroit’s season hanging by a thread, especially after losing to the Lions at home, the Bears won’t go quietly.

Detroit, at this point, is the only side to lose players for the match-up. Rick Wagner and Travis Swanson have been ruled out for this Week 15 battle.

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