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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Jeff Backus #76 of the Detroit Lions blocks Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIDecember 26, 2012

Well, this is an interesting turn of events.

Heading into the season, we expected the Week 17 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions to have major playoff implications, with both teams competing for a spot in the playoffs, or even the NFC North crown.

Think again.

The Lions have struggled all season and currently sit at 4-11 on the season, whereas the Bears are on the outside looking in of the NFC playoff picture.

As the NFL regular season winds down, this divisional rivalry could have slight implications on the postseason.

 

Where: Ford Field

When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: NFL.com

Betting Line: Chicago -3 (via OddsShark)

 

Chicago Injury Report (via Yahoo! Sports as of Dec. 23, 2012)

 Shea McClellin Probable Knee
 Brandon Marshall WR Probable Hamstring
 Jonathan Scott T Questionable Hamstring
 Tim Jennings CB Questionable Shoulder
 Blake Costanzo LB Questionable Calf
 Earl Bennett WR Questionable Concussion
 Henry Melton DT Doubtful Chest
 Brian Urlacher LB Out Hamstring

 

Detroit Injury Report (via Yahoo! Sports as of Dec. 23, 2012)

 Chris Houston Probable Hamstring
 Don Carey Probable Knee
 DeAndre Levy Probable Ankle
 Mikel Leshoure Probable Calf
 Calvin Johnson WR Probable Knee
 Louis Delmas S Questionable Knee
 Brandon Pettigrew TE Doubtful Ankle

 

What's at Stake?

The Bears could fight their way into the playoffs with a victory on Sunday and a Vikings loss to the Houston Texans. However, they need some help.

Also on the line is the first 2,000-yard receiving season in NFL history. After breaking the single-season record last week, Calvin Johnson sits at 1,892 receiving yards. With 108 yards, he will reach 2,000.

 

Fantasy Plays

Chicago WR Brandon Marshall

Marshall is having the second-best year of any NFL wide receiver in terms of fantasy points, scoring 206 through 15 games.

Marshall is the best option the Bears have this week, and after finding the end zone in each of the last three weeks, he could easily add two more touchdowns to his season total of 11.

Predicted Stats: 9 receptions, 112 yards, 2 TD

 

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson

There is only one guy who is having a better season as a receiver than Marshall, and that's Johnson.

Megatron is going for 2,000 receiving yards, and you can bet that the Lions are going to help him get it one way or another.

Johnson has provided the only bright spots during a horrible season for the Lions, and 2,000 receiving yards would be the brightest of them all.

Predicted Stats: 15 receptions, 132 yards, 1 TD

 

What They're Saying

The Bears are hopeful that middle linebacker and defensive leader Brian Urlacher will play on Sunday.

LM: Lovie Smith on Urlacher's status for Sunday: "He’s getting better ... We’re hopeful. You never know. Brian is a quick healer."

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 24, 2012

 

We all know just how good Johnson is, but after he broke the receiving record, Terrell Owens told him congrats. Come on, it's T.O. Tell me that's not pretty freakin' cool.

Congrats to Calvin Johnson aka Megatron!! Keep beasting out there!

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) December 23, 2012

 

Key Matchup: Lions Passing Attack vs. Bears Secondary

Who has the No. 1 passing attack this year? Not the Packers, Patriots or Saints. It's the Lions.

With Matthew Stafford lobbing it up to Megatron, the Lions have a very strong passing attack. However, the Bears have the best secondary in the NFL with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings leading the charge.

Look for the defense that held Johnson to just 34 yards earlier in the season to have a tough time repeating the feat.

 

Prediction

This game is going to work out for both sides. Megatron will reach 2,000 yards, but the Bears will win the game thanks to the holes in Detroit's D.

Predicted Score: Bears 23, Lions 13


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