Lions (3-5) at Bears (5-3)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF -

Sun­day, 1 p.m.

Field, Chicago

TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 6

Lions’ keys to vic­tory: The of­fen­sive line has to give QB Matthew Stafford time to throw — he was sacked 10 times in the Week 9 loss to the Min­nesota Vik­ings as the Lions were dom­i­nated at the line of scrim­mage. Stafford can only do so much when he doesn’t have a run­ning game or time to find a re­ceiver. In­juries to LT Tay­lor Decker and RG T.J. Lang have only made mat­ters worse as they pre­pare for an op­por­tunis­tic Bears de­fense. Chicago got back on track the last two weeks even with OLB Khalil Mack side­lined by an an­kle in­jury.

Bears’ keys to vic­tory: The Bears can’t al­low the Lions de­fense to get into the head of QB Mitchell Tru­bisky. When he’s un­der pres­sure or fac­ing a heavy blitz, his me­chan­ics and ac­cu­racy tend to van­ish, and he’s more apt to use his legs to try to make a play. The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots made that their de­fen­sive game plan against the Bears three weeks ago, and Lions coach Matt Pa­tri­cia could try some­thing sim­i­lar. The Lions’ pass rush hasn’t been great, but with DE Ezekiel An­sah back, the Bears of­fen­sive line­men will have their work cut out for them.

Matchup to watch: Lions LB Jar­rad Davis vs. Bears RB Tarik Co­hen. Bears coach Matt Nagy is great at iso­lat­ing his ver­sa­tile play­maker in a fa­vor­able matchup. The sec­ond-year Lions line­backer should be just that.

Who wins? The Lions are as volatile as any team in the NFL, and their matchups with the Bears are al­ways back and forth. But these teams are trending in op­po­site direc­tions.

Bears, 27-24 ET, Sol­dier Bears LIONS SCHED­ULE

L ......... N.Y. Jets ......... 48-17 L ...... at San Fran . ...... 30-27 W .... New Eng­land .... 26-10 L .......... at Dal­las .......... 26-24 W ....... Green Bay ....... 31-23 Oct. 14 .............. Bye .............. W ......... at Mi­ami ......... 32-21 L ........... Seat­tle ........... 28-14 L ...... atMin­nesota ...... 24-9 Nov. 11 ...... at Chicago ...... 1 Nov. 18 ........ Carolina ........ 1 Nov. 22 .... Chicago .... 12:30 Dec. 2 ........ L.A. Rams ........ 1 Dec. 9 ..... at Ari­zona ..... 4:25 Dec. 16 ....... at Buf­falo ....... 1 Dec. 23 ...... Min­nesota ...... 1 Dec. 30 ...at Green Bay .... 1

L ..... at Green Bay ..... 24-23 W .......... Seat­tle .......... 24-17 W ....... at Ari­zona ....... 16-14 W ....... Tampa Bay ....... 48-10 Oct. 7 ............... Bye ............... L ..... at Mi­ami ..... 31-28 (OT) L ..... New Eng­land ..... 38-31 W ......... N.Y. Jets ......... 24-10 W ......... at Buf­falo ......... 41-9 Nov. 11 ......... Detroit ......... 1 Nov. 18 ...... Min­nesota ...... 1 Nov.22..atDetroit..12:30 Dec. 2 ..... at N.Y. Gi­ants ..... 1 Dec. 9 ........ L.A. Rams ........ 1 Dec. 16 ...... Green Bay ...... 1 Dec. 23 ..at San Fran. .. 4:05 Dec. 30 ...at Min­nesota ... 1

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