The Lions sit at 7-6, and are behind 9-4 Carolina, 8-5 Atlanta, and 8-5 Seattle, with only two spots available for the aforementioned teams, as well as 7-6 Dallas (who's getting Ezekiel Elliot back next week), and 7-6 Green Bay (who's getting Aaron Rodgers back this week). That position is not where many within the organization expected the team to be at this point of the season, and the underachieving squad has once again placed coach Jim Caldwell in a precarious position.
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A big assist for the Bears DB's should come from their pass rushers, who sacked Stafford three times last month, and nearly the entire Lions offensive line has appeared on the injury list this week. The Lions beat the Bears earlier this year in Chicago.
The Bears are coming off a 33-7 road domination of the Cincinnati Bengals, their most complete game of the season by far.
Stafford became the first National Football League player to complete 80-plus percent of his passes in consecutive road games with at least 29 attempts in each one.
GROUNDED: When the Lions were a season-high two games above.500 following a 14-7 win at Minnesota in Week 4, it looked like they finally might have a running game led by Ameer Abdullah. Losing a top right tackle like Wagner is bad enough, but also being without the starting center makes things even worse. Amos (hamstring) and Goldman (hip) were limited in Thursday's practice and are questionable to play at Detroit.