Bears-Lions Game Snapshot

Get the game info, series standings and history, fast facts and rankings as the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/18/05
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

SERIES: 151st meeting. The Bears hold an 83-62-5 lead in the series, which began in 1930 when the Lions were still playing in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Lions won at Soldier Field last year for the first time in four years, in the process of breaking their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak. They have won the last three games against Chicago.

2005 rankings
Bears: offense 31st (14th rush, 30th pass); defense 17th (29th rush, 6th pass).

Lions: offense 27th (14th rush, 29th pass); defense 3rd (5th rush, 8th pass).

KEYS TO THE GAME: Rookie RB Cedric Benson is expected to share more of the rushing load with Thomas Jones as the Bears desperately seek to run the ball better. Detroit isn't likely to blitz rookie QB Kyle Orton as often as Washington did last weekend, but Chicago must run the ball more than 18 times to give him a legitimate shot to have success.

Regardless, the Bears' defense will have to keep it in games for now, which means improving a run defense that allowed 164 yards against the Redskins. The Lions have a deep and talented group of young receivers, but the Bears still want to force QB Joey Harrington's hand. And they can't do that if Lions RB Kevin Jones is gashing them with the run.

Bears: Lead the series 83-62-5. ... Last Sunday's 9-7 loss was the lowest combined score in a Bears game since a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 24, 1999.

Lions: Harrington has started 33 consecutive games. ... Have won the past three meetings. ... Swept the 2004 season series by a combined score of 39-29. ... Have a five-game road losing streak.

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