Bears vs. Lions: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
A battle for NFC North supremacy is on tap when the Chicago Bears head to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions.
Chicago enters this game with an undefeated record, and rookie head coach Marc Trestman has already had a big impact on Jay Cutler and the Bears offense. Through three games, Chicago has put up 95 points, and it's likely the team will need another big score to win this weekend.
As usual, Detroit's offense starts and ends with Matthew Stafford's right arm, and Calvin Johnson is once again the league's premier pass-catching weapon. The Lions have won two games this year, and a big win at home against the Bears would put this team in first place in the NFC North.
The quarterback duel between Cutler and Stafford will be fun to watch, as both men are capable of lighting up the scoreboard.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming contest.
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 47.5 pts.
- Spread: Detroit (-3)
Bears Injury Report (via ChicagoBears.com)
Lions Injury Report (via DetroitLions.com)
|T||Corey Hilliard||Groin||Not Listed||LP||LP||Questionable|
|CB||Chris Houston||Hand||Not Listed||LP||FP||Probable|
|DT||Ndamukong Suh||Knee||Not Listed||LP||FP||Probable|
Can Detroit Overcome the Loss of Nate Burleson?
Veteran receiver Nate Burleson has been a big part of Detroit's passing attack this year, leading the team with 19 receptions through three games—four of which have been for over 20 yards.
Unfortunately, Burleson broke both bones in his forearm during a single-car accident this week and will have surgery, as noted by Tim Twentyman of the Lions:
Schwartz said Burleson broke both bones in his forearm and will have surgery tomorrow. Same doctor that operated on broken leg.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 24, 2013
In his stead, second-year receiver Ryan Broyles will be pressed into duty. Broyles is a slot specialist who caught 22 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Thankfully, the Lions will likely have Reggie Bush back this weekend, and his ability to make plays in the passing game could minimize the loss of Burleson.
Bush expects to play after sitting out Week 3 with a knee injury. He told reporters that he could have played against Washington and that he'll "be fine" to play this weekend against the Lions, as noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago has been tested early this year, but the Bears have found ways to win.
Cutler is getting the ball out of his hands faster this year than he has in recent seasons. In addition to Brandon Marshall, who is always one of his favorite targets, he is beginning to build chemistry with tight end Martellus Bennett and second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Which team will win?
Combined with the thunder-and-lightning duo of Matt Forte and Michael Bush, the Bears have a tremendously balanced offense that is starting to develop a ferocious identity.
The Lions are too inconsistent on both sides of the ball to beat the surging Bears.
Bears win 31-28
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