They Said, We Said: Bears vs Lions Predictions and offer up two very different versions of what will happen on Sunday.


Jason Klabacha - BEARREPORT.COM

Chicago gave up nine points against Washington, yet was not pleased with the performance. Although Detroit has more weapons than the Redskins, the defense will be up to the challenge. Taking Kevin Jones out of the game will be key, which will give Joey Harrington a chance to test rookie safety free Chris Harris with his variety of receiving weapons. However, the Bears are in good health and Jerry Azumah has another week of practice to shake off the rust after missing the preseason.

Kyle Orton will feel more comfortable at home, facing a Detroit defense that will come after him on occasion, but not with the frequency of the Redskins. The rookie QB has faced one of the NFL's best, so things should slow down against the Lions. The offensive line has motivation to take control of the battle in the trenches after the running game produced just 41-yards in Week 1.

With Detroit placekicker Jason Hanson battling a strained hamstring, the kicking game could be a big factor in what should be a tight game.

Prediction: Bears 20, Lions 14

Nathan Caminata - LIONSFANS.COM

The Lions have the edge in almost every positional battle on Sunday, but perhaps most importantly, the small scale war that is cultivated in the trenches. Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson proved against Green Bay that they are one of the most formidable defensive line tandems in the National Football League; and against the Bears, they'll face rookie Kyle Orton. Meanwhile, the Lions have two veteran corners that will attempt to bait Orton early and often. Without the presence of a threatening ground game, expect the offensive struggles of Chicago to continue.

Meanwhile, the Detroit offense faces a tough obstacle. The Bears' defense is vastly better than the team the Lions faced in Green Bay, and the offensive line will be tested rigorously. In the Bears' loss to Washington, they gave up 121 rushing yards on 21 carries (over 5 yards per carry) to Clinton Portis. If Kevin Jones can duplicate that success, it will open up the Lions' passing attack and it will be a rout. If not, it could be a defensive battle throughout.

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 10


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