GROUNDED: When the Lions were a season-high two games above.500 following a 14-7 win at Minnesota in Week 4, it looked like they finally might have a running game led by Ameer Abdullah. Chicago punts and Detroit will take over on its 26. The Bears are seventh running the ball and fifth in average gain per rush, while the Lions' "D' is only 20th and 21st vs. the run and average yards per rushing attempt, respectively". That position is not where many within the organization expected the team to be at this point of the season, and the underachieving squad has once again placed coach Jim Caldwell in a precarious position.
Chicago, with its 4-9 record, has already been eliminated from contention, but has emerged as a surprisingly frisky squad over the last few weeks. That victory snapped a two-game losing streak, as the Lions are working through some struggles while trying to win out in order to have a chance at the playoffs.
Not as cold tonight; cloudy skies through the weekend — FIRST ALERT FORECAST
By daybreak winds will settle to 8 miles per hour , but wind chills will still be in the upper teens to low 20s by daybreak. A weak front brings down cooler air at the end of the week, dropping the high Friday back into the lower and mid 50s.
Who ya got?"The Bears are playing consecutive road games after beating up on the Bengals Sunday".
Detroit will be without offensive line starters Travis Swanson and Rick Wagner for this game. Listed as questionable are defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, tackle Emmett Cleary and guard T.J. Lang.
Chicago's defense might be missing starting safety Adrian Amos for a third straight week and starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman for a second game in a row.