PFW associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Lions and Bears.
The last time these two teams met marked a turning point in the Bears' season. They made changes after losing to Detroit on Monday night in Week Five. Two underperforming veteran safeties were demoted in favor of younger players, Lance Louis became the full-time starter at right tackle and Mike Martz adjusted his play-calling to his personnel, thanks to some prodding from QB Jay Cutler.
The Bears have won three straight games since then and have a chance to move into a tie for second place in the NFC North with a win Sunday. They are in much better shape than they were the last time they met the Lions, and the outcome will be different this time around.
Better discipline on defense should help keep Calvin Johnson from going off, and the Lions' running game could struggle to provide some balance. A solid defensive effort and more quality play from Cutler and RB Matt Forté will lead the Bears to their fourth straight win.
Prediction: Bears 24, Lions 20
Season record: 7-1