Sunday Showdown: Bears vs. Lions

The Bears remaining two games are against division foes and a win today would give them something they haven't had in more than a decade. A victory over the Lions will mean the Bears have defeated every team in the division at least once for the first time since 1991.

Bears (5-9) at Lions (5-9)
Noon, today, FOX (Ch. 32)

Chad Hutchinson, Bears quarterback
Hutchinson is on the hot spot again after two straight losses, following his stellar opening as a Bear against the Vikings. The offensive line is still in disarray, tying a franchise record with 55 sacks, but Hutchinson needs to break out against the Lions, especially with Jeff George looking over his shoulder.

James Hall, Lions defensive end
Call it a breakout season for Hall, as the Lions' sack man has 11 1/2 of the team's 33 sacks. In four previous seasons in the league, Hall had 11 1/2 combined. He's a huge mismatch for either Aaron Gibson or Qasim Mitchell.

Another key matchup
Kevin Jones, Lions running back

Don't you wish the Bears had this Jones in the backfield? The rookie from Virginia Tech is on the verge of 1,000 yards rushing (938) and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry with only one fumble in 13 games and 220 touches.

Lance Briggs, Bears linebacker
Briggs is tops on the Bears and 10th in the NFL in tackles. While Briggs has bounced back and forth from the outside to the inside with Brian Urlacher out, he's shown his versatility and importance to the defense.

Injury report
BEARS: PROBABLE: DT Tommie Harris (ankle); S Todd Johnson (ankle); LB Joe Odom (neck); T John Tait (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Bobby Gray (quad); CB Todd McMillon (hamstring). OUT: FB Bryan Johnson (foot); DE Adewale Ogunleye (leg).

LIONS: PROBABLE: WR Az-Zahir Hakim (groin); T Stockar McDougle (illness); LB Alex Lewis (ankle); WR Tai Streets (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Marcus Bell (ankle). DOUBTFUL: CB Fernando Bryant (ankle).

The Series
Today's meeting will be the 150th between the two teams. The Bears hold an 83-61-5 lead in the series, which dates back to a 7-6 victory by the Portsmouth Spartans in 1930. The Portsmouth franchise moved to Detroit in 1934 and the Lions lost to Chicago, 19-16, in Detroit's first Thanksgiving Day game on November 29, 1934. The Bears dominated the series in the mid-to-late 1980s, winning 10 straight contests. In the 1990s, the Lions won nine of 10 contests played at the Silverdome. The Bears have a 49-24-4 advantage in Chicago while the Lions have fared better in Detroit, posting a 37-34-1 mark at home (2-0 at Ford Field). In this season's opener, the Lions ended a 24-game road losing streak with a 20-16 win at Soldier Field.


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