Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Lions

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and rival Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Week 17.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 12:00 Central
Surface: FieldTurf
Television: FOX – Chris Rose, Trent Green
Series: 160th regular-season meeting. Bears lead 90-64-5 and have won the last three matchups by a combined score of 109-54. Chicago has also won seven of the last nine meetings, including a 48-24 blowout at Soldier Field back in Week 4.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Bears have a clear advantage on both sides of the ball, if they can reprise their intensity from Monday night against Minnesota. QB Jay Cutler continues to force too many balls into coverage, but the Lions have the league's worst secondary – which gets very little pass-rush support. The Lions have to find a way to control this game on the ground because QBs Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton have failed to lead the offense since Matthew Stafford went down. Chicago is depleted in the secondary, but can the Lions take advantage?

FAST FACTS
Lions starting WR Bryant Johnson hasn't had more than two receptions in a game since Week 5. ... Cutler's 3,390 passing yards is second in Bears history (Erik Kramer, 3,838 in 1995).


S Josh Bullocks
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
WR Devin Hester went through a full practice for the first time since suffering a strained calf against the Rams on Dec. 6, and he is expected to play Sunday. ... S Craig Steltz (foot), who started last week in place of injured Kevin Payne, was limited Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice. He's doubtful for Sunday. ... WR Johnny Knox (sprained ankle) did not practice and will not play Sunday. ... S Danieal Manning (calf) did not practice for a second straight day and appears doubtful at best for Sunday. ... S Al Afalava (knee) did not practice for the second consecutive day and is expected to miss a second consecutive game. ... Payne, who missed last week's game with a sprained ankle, was a full participant in Thursday's practice and is expected to return to the starting lineup. ... S Josh Bullocks should get his second consecutive start and fifth of the season with Manning, Afalava and Steltz all injured to some degree.

Lions: S Louis Delmas did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of an ankle injury, but he is expected to play Sunday against Chicago. ... LB Larry Foote did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a foot injury. He has missed one game, but coach Jim Schwartz said he still has a chance to play against the Bears. ... CB Phillip Buchanon returned to practice Wednesday after missing a game because of a shoulder injury, but he was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday. ... DT Joe Cohen was listed as limited with a knee injury Wednesday and Thursday. ... LB Jordon Dizon was listed as limited with a neck injury Wednesday, but he practiced fully Thursday. ... Stanton was listed as limited with an ankle injury Wednesday and Thursday. ... WR Brian Witherspoon was listed as limited with an ankle injury Wednesday and Thursday.

PREDICTION
Bears 27, Lions 16.


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