Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions football on Local 4

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions football on Local 4

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions football on Local 4

At 7-6, the Lions are on the edge of the playoff conversation in the NFC, needing to win out in order to give themselves a chance. Chicago punts and Detroit will take over on its 26. The Lions are still alive in the playoff chase, which will show up in terms of motivation. That position is not where many within the organization expected the team to be at this point of the season, and the underachieving squad has once again placed coach Jim Caldwell in a precarious position. Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and became Chicago's first player to begin a career with 1,000-plus yards rushing in each of his first two seasons.

The Lions (7-6) held on for a 24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, and now find themselves two games behind the Atlanta Falcons for the final wild card spot. The Bears lost five games in a row before finally getting a win over the Bengals last week, but only one of those losses was by more than one possession. The Lions, who are averaging a league-low 76.3 yards rushing per game, will rank among the NFL's worst running teams for a fourth straight year. Center Travis Swanson is out with a concussion. Listed as questionable are defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, tackle Emmett Cleary and guard T.J. Lang.

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Detroit also could be without its best pass rusher, Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), while the Bears offense nearly is as healthy as it's been all year, other than the balky shoulder on rookie tight end Adam Shaheen.

Chicago's defense might be missing starting safety Adrian Amos for a third straight week and starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman for a second game in a row.

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