Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: Live updates, game highlights

The Detroit Lions look to reach double-digit wins for the first time since 2014 against the Chicago Bears in Week 14.

The Lions staved off a comeback by the New Orleans Saints last week to reach 9-3 and maintain a three-game lead in the NFC North. Detroit jumped out to a three-touchdown lead right away and needed a late touchdown and a defensive stop to escape New Orleans with a win.

They’re on the road for the second week in a row, this time across Lake Michigan. The Lions beat the Bears in Week 11 thanks to a 12-point fourth quarter comeback. The Bears should be well rested after their Week 13 bye. Chicago won its last game over the Minnesota Vikings 12-10 on Thursday Night Football to move to 4-8. The Lions can move to 4-0 over Chicago over the past two years with a win.

The game kicks off at Soldier Field at 1 p.m. It will be televised on Fox and live on Fubo. The Lions are three point favourites.

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Lions vs. Bears live updates, highlights

The offense was slow and out of doors and had to break through after picking up a first down. The Bears took over on their own 10 yard line and proceeded to tear apart the Lions defense once again. Justin Fields started the game with a long scramble on third down to move Chicago outside their own 10. A few plays later, Fields found Darnell Mooney on an out route and he converted it up into Lions territory. Alex Anzalone made a late tackle on Mooney that put the Bears in scoring position.

The Lions stayed tall on the next three plays and finished the drive with a Jalen Reeves-Maybin sack on a double-A-gap blitz to force a field goal. Cairo Santos kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it a two-possession game. The Bears had 85 rushing yards on two drives, with 47 coming from Fields.

The Lions defense didn’t put up much of a fight on the first down as the Bears marched right down the field to score a touchdown on the opening drive. DJ Moore ran a 16-yard touchdown run down the left sideline off the Wildcat to complete the drive. Justin Fields completed both of his dunk passes and carried the ball four times for 28 yards. The Bears won the coin toss and elected to receive.

Pregame Notes

The last time these two teams played, the Lions played one of their worst games of the season for the first 55 minutes before coming together on both sides of the ball to run away with a 31-26 victory. Jared Goff threw three interceptions, the only time he’s done so as a Lion, before rallying to complete two touchdowns in the final minute to wrest victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Lions struggled to contain Chicago quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for 169 yards and ran for 104 in his first game back from a thumb injury. It was the third straight game Detroit allowed Fields to rush for over 100 yards.

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It will be another challenge this week for a defense that has struggled for more than a month, allowing an average of 30.3 points in its last four games. The Bears have the most success on the ground, rushing for 137.3 yards per game, third best in the NFL.

The Lions’ offense enters the game ranked second in total yards (400.6 per game) and sixth in scoring (27.3 per game) and will face a Bears defense that has been surging since the addition of Montez Sweat at the trade deadline. The Bears are tied for the best run defense in the NFL (79 ypg) and the Lions are fourth in the league in rushing (137.3 ypg), so it’s a power vs. power matchup.

Lions injury report

The Lions will start their ninth offensive line combination in 13 games due to the absence of Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow. He injured his knee in the first half against the Saints and will be replaced by Graham Glasgow, who was previously at right-back. Head coach Dan Campbell said Ragnow got “good news” in his MRI but needed more time to heal.

The interior of the defensive line will also see new faces as defensive tackle Aleem McNeil was placed on injured reserve for injuries sustained during the Saints game. The good news on defense: Linebacker and signal operator/vocal leader Alex Anzalone is back in the lineup after missing last week with a thumb injury.

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