Winless Bears and Lions try to bounce back from brutal losses

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DETROIT (0-3) to CHICAGO (1-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE: Bears by 3½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.

AGAINST SPREAD: Lions 2-1, Bears 1-2.

SERIES RECORD: Bears Lead 102-75-5.

LAST MEETING: The Lions defeated the Bears 34-30 on December 6, 2020 in Chicago.

LAST WEEK: Lions lost to Ravens 19-17; The Bears lost to the Browns 26-6.

LIONS BREACH: GENERAL (17), RUSH (14t), PASS (14), SCORING (19t).

LION DEFENSE: GENERAL (22), RUSH (15), PASS (23t), MARKING (31t).

BEAR BREACH: GENERAL (32), RUSH (20), PASS (32), MARKING (31).

BEAR DEFENSE: GENERAL (12), RUSH (20t), PASS (11), MARKING (19).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Lions 0; Bear plus-1.

LIONS PLAYER TO WATCH: Quarterback Jared Goff failed to throw a touchdown pass last week for the first time in three games with the franchise and was limited to 217 yards by Baltimore, the season low. Goff doesn’t have the same caliber of receivers as the Los Angeles Rams, but he also threw a lot of stray passes that delayed practices and wins for a team with a very slim margin for error.

BEARS PLAYER TO WATCH: The big question for the Bears this week: who would be quarterback, with Andy Dalton and Justin Fields banging. Fields struggled last week on his first NFL start, with Dalton being sidelined with a bone contusion to his left knee. Fields also injured his right thumb during the game, despite being a full participant in training on Wednesday when Dalton was limited.

KEY MATCHUP: Bears WR Allen Robinson vs. CB Lions Bobby Price and Amani Oruwariye. Robinson has caused trouble for the Lions over the course of his career, scoring 36 catches for 509 yards in seven games.

KEY INJURIES: Lions LB Trey Flowers was inactive last week due to shoulder and knee injuries, and those ailments kept him from training on Wednesday. … Bears LB Khalil Mack missed part of last week’s game with a sprained foot before returning to the second half. … LB Danny Trevathan and NT Eddie Goldman could return from knee injuries.

SERIES NOTES: The Lions lost five straight games to Chicago before winning at Soldier Field last season. This follows a major upheaval in which Detroit sacked general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia. The loss ended a six-game losing streak for the Bears, who went on to win three in a row to help them advance to the playoffs.

STATS AND THINGS: Detroit general manager and freshman coach Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell failed to win as franchise leaders. … The Lions have lost seven straight games since winning Chicago last season with interim coach Darrell Bevell. … Detroit rallied to take the lead against Baltimore last week with 1:04 to go, then let the Ravens convert a fourth and 19 on an assist before Justin Tucker scored an NFL record, a field goal of 66 yards that bounced off the crossbar as time expired. … RBs Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams combined 89 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries – and nine receptions for 85 yards – against Baltimore. … TE TJ Hockenson was limited to 10 receiving yards and two receptions last week after entering the game tied for the league lead with 16 catches. … WR Kalif Raymond recorded six career-high receptions against Baltimore. … DE Charles Harris has a sack in each of the last two games. … The Bears had the second lowest net yards in franchise history (47) and the ninth lowest in NFL history. … Chicago is tied for the top of the league with 15 sacks. … Fields, the No. 11 overall draft pick, was sacked nine times for 67 yards while throwing for just 68 6-for-20 passes last week. … RB Bears David Montgomery is fifth in the NFL with 203 rushing yards. … LB Robert Quinn is tied for fourth in the league with four sacks after finishing with just two in 15 games last season.

FANTASY TIP: Swift is worth starting out, especially in point-to-receive leagues, with 19 receptions for second in NFL RBs. He is also fourth in the position with 289 yards of scrimmage.

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