Bears vs Lions Live | Trubisky train: Rookie Mitch Trubisky had his best performance Sunday against the Bengals, completing 25 of 32 passes for 272 yards, a touchdown pass and a touchdown run. Can the Bears quarterback take another leap forward against the Lions? He was good enough in the teams’ last meeting Nov. 19 to help set up a potential tying field goal in the final minute, which former Bears kicker Connor Barth missed in a 27-24 loss. “You can look at the wins and losses, but I think there is different growth as far as chemistry and just the positive vibe around the building, how the attitude is in the locker room,” Trubisky said.
Hit the ground running: The Bears had one of their better rushing games in their Nov. 19 loss to the Lions, piling up 222 yards, including 125 from Jordan Howard. The two games that followed were two of their worst on offense, but they bounced back for a season-high 232 rushing yards Sunday. Can Howard and Tarik Cohen build on that against a Lions defense that has allowed five straight 100-plus rushing yard games? “They’re quick, they’re fast, they’re strong. It’s kind of like thunder and lighting, those two combinations they give you. … We’ve just have to make sure we tackle well,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
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D-lightful: With multiple starters out injured, the Bears still held the Bengals to one touchdown and 234 yards of offense Sunday. They look to be healthier this week, with outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, nose tackle Eddie Goldman and safety Adrian Amos all practicing in a limited capacity. Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, who missed the last meeting with the Lions with an injury, said the Bears “want to be the Grinch this year” to teams with playoff hopes. “The defense has been handling business, and we just have to keep that attitude,” Trevathan said. “We just have to stay within ourselves and stay getting better every game.”
North cellar: The Bears have yet to win a game against an NFC North opponent this year, going 0-4. In coach John Fox’s tenure with the Bears, they have gone 3-13 in their division. The 7-6 Lions still are playing with long shot hopes of a playoff berth, so they have more on the line than the pride and development the Bears are playing for. “It doesn’t matter what color jersey they have or what division they’re from, you try to create a game plan and execute a game plan to the best you can,” Fox said. “We had a close game with them here in our place, and I think our guys are ready to go in there.”
— Colleen Kane
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Kickoff: Saturday, Dec 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NFL Network
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NFL rank: Bears offense 7th, Lions defense 20th