Week 14 Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

Lions Week 14 Preview

The Detroit Lions are coming in off a win over the New Orleans Saints, a much-needed victory after their loss on Thanksgiving. The Bears are coming in off their Bye week, and in their last game, they beat the Minnesota Vikings back on November 27th, thanks to four field goals.

Detroit Lions 9-3 (1st Place in NFC North) vs. Chicago Bears 4-8 (4th Place in NFC North)

Date: Sunday, December 10
Time:  1:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Line: Lions -3.5 / O/U: 45.5

2023 Season Stats

Detroit:

2023 Offense P/G (League Rank) 
Total Yards: 400.6 (2)
Passing Yards: 263.6 (4)
Rushing Yards: 137.3 (4)
2023 Defense (League Rank) 
Total Yards Allowed: 322.4 (14)
Passing Yards Allowed: 229.3 (21)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 93.1 (5)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 27.3 (6)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 23.8 (23)

Chicago:

2023 Offense (per game averages) 
Total Yards: 323.3 (20)
Passing Yards: 185.6 (25)
Rushing Yards: 137.7 (3)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 318.5 (11)
Passing Yards Allowed: 239.5 (25)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 79.0 (1)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 20.2 (21)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 24.7 (27)

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Chicago Leads 104-78-5
Current streak: Detroit has won three straight
Last Detroit win: 11/19/2023 (31-26)
Last Chicago win: 11/25/2021 (16-14)

2023 Top Players

Detroit Lions

Passing: Jared Goff – 291-430, 3288 yards, 20-8 (TD-INT)
Rushing: David Montgomery – 151 ATT, 704 YDS, 10 TD
Receiving: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 84 REC, 1042 YDS, 6 TD
Tackles: Alex Anzalone – 87 (58-29)
Sacks: Aidan Hutchinson – 5.5
Interceptions: Jerry Jacobs – 3

Chicago

Passing: Justin Fields – 143-222, 1587 YDS, 12-6 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Justin Fields – 77 ATT, 400 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: DJ Moore – 70 REC, 1003 YDS, 6 TD
Tackles: TJ Edwards – 127 (73-54)
Sacks: Yannick Ngakoue – 3
Interceptions: Jaylon Johnson – 3

Lions Players To Watch:

Offense: Tight End – Sam LaPorta

LaPorta exploded onto the scene in his rookie year and solidified himself as one of Jared Goff’s top targets. This season, he has caught 64 passes for 679 yards, which is good for 10.6 yards per catch, and he has six touchdowns. The Bears give up 239.5 yards per game in passing, and LaPorta will look to rebound off a rough game the last time these two teams played when he had 18 yards on three catches.

Defense: Linebacker – Jack Campbell

Campbell is another rookie for the Lions, but opposite LaPorta, he is having a quiet season as he has 60 total tackles and one sack. The last time he faced the Bears, he had his season high at the time of nine tackles; look for him to do much of the same Sunday, especially if Alex Anzalone doesn’t play.

Bottom Line: Detroit Lions can smell their first division title since 1993

The Detroit Lions are currently holding a three-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers entering this week with five games left, two of which come against the Vikings in the last three weeks, a win this weekend over Chicago and a loss by Green Bay and Minnesota could go a long way into them completing the task of winning their first division title since 1993.

CJ

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