Bears-Lions prediction

Posted Dec. 05, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Bears are smart a smart enough team to know they can't overlook the Lions, but let's face it — Detroit is on its third-string quarterback, Drew Stanton, and RB Maurice Morris is expected to handle most of the workload in the backfield with RB Jahvid Best dealing with turf toe on both feet. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) will also be out.

A healthy Lions team could give the Bears a real challenge, as it did in Week One, but this version will struggle to score more than a touchdown against Chicago's fourth-ranked defense.

This game could tilt in Detroit's favor if QB Jay Cutler has one of those awful days in which he throws four or five picks. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz has done a better job of taking pressure off of Cutler in the past four games, however, and RB Matt Forté should get plenty of touches.

Prediction: Bears 27, Lions 13