Detroit went down to the wire with Tampa Bay on last week but pulled out a 24-21 win.
The Bears are only 30th covering punts, and one of the NFL's weakest clubs in special teams overall, but in the passing game they actually negate some of Detroit's advantage, ranking ninth in passing defense and 15th in average gain per pass allowed.
When these two met only four weeks ago, the Lions needed a 52-yard Matt Prater field goal with 1:35 remaining and prevailed, 27-24, only after Connor Barth ended his Bears career by missing a 46-yard field-goal attempt to tie the game with three seconds remaining.
Trubisky completed 25 of 32 passes for 271 yards with both a passing and rushing touchdown in Cincinnati, but more importantly, he didn't turn the ball over while operating a more aggressive and expansive gameplan. If the Lions can't find a way to at least keep them off-balance then it could be a tough day for Matthew Stafford.
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Though they haven't been wholly inspiring, the Detroit Lions are still alive in the NFC Playoff race. Last week, John Fox and the coaching staff unleashed rookie starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Lions come into this game with Taylor Decker's shoulder still an issue, with Rick Wagner struggling on a bad ankle, and with Corey Robinson having a foot problem.
The Lions do have one other big edge: They know how to win games like this, and the Bears don't. Akiem Hicks is still a menace for Chicago and could dominate whoever gets plugged in at tackle.
The Saturday afternoon game will be played at Ford Field.
"If we don't handle our business, it doesn't matter", Lions receiver Golden Tate said. The Lions beat the Bears earlier this year in Chicago. And, Caldwell's future with the franchise would be questioned even more.
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