Lions vs. Bears: 5 Matchups That Will Decide MNF Clash

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Lions vs. Bears: 5 Matchups That Will Decide MNF Clash
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The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears square off in a colossal Monday night matchup.

The implications of this game are extreme, because both teams are 0-1 in the NFC North and face some key games down the road. Winning now will simply ease some of the pressure later on and set up for a postseason run.

Chicago still has to play the Minnesota Vikings twice and host the Packers, whereas the Lions have yet to play Green Bay and must travel to Minnesota later on.

Here, vital matchups such as Calvin Johnson and the Lions' aerial assault against the Bears' ability to record interceptions will determine this game's outcome. The victor moves to .500 in the division and significantly increases its odds of earning a playoff berth.

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