|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||1-2||18.3||11.7||308.3||(5.3)||1.3||18.3||11.3||295.7||(4.6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||23.3||11.0||18.2||31:40||29-122||(4.2)||18-30||59.3%||183||(6)||59-304||(5.1)||(13.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||11||19.9||31:33||27-117||(4.3)||21-35||60.9%||224||(6.4)||62-341||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||26.4||10.3||17.9||31:41||28-131||(4.6)||18-31||57.6%||193||(6.2)||59-324||(5.4)||(12.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.9||9.0||17.7||28:50||25-104||(4.2)||22-37||59.3%||211||(5.7)||61-315||(5.1)||(18.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||11.2||19.7||30:19||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||61.2%||226||(6.5)||62-345||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||18.6||9.7||16.7||28:19||23-98||(4.2)||22-35||63.8%||205||(5.9)||58-303||(5.2)||(16.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.5||1.6||1.1||14-5||37.3%||1-0||38.5%||3-57||(19.4)||3-22||(8)||7-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||37.5%||1-0||45.3%||3-61||(23.9)||20-2||(8.9)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||0.4||1.7||1.0||14-6||41.0%||1-0||42.9%||3-57||(22.1)||4-24||(6.8)||7-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.5||1.1||2.7|| ||14-5||34.5%||1-1||62.5%||2-48||(20.4)||2-6||(3.7)||5-45|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.4%||1-0||50.7%||3-61||(23.2)||21-2||(9.3)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.7||1.0||2.7|| ||13-4||31.5%||1-0||60.0%||3-57||(20.1)||1-7||(5.7)||5-44|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-4.2||0-3||1-2||16.0||9.0||406.7||(5.4)||3.0||32.0||17.3||276.0||(5.4)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||23.2||10.4||24.1||32:30||25-103||(4.2)||28-47||60.3%||311||(6.7)||71-414||(5.8)||(17.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.5||10.7||19.7||30:27||27-117||(4.3)||21-35||60.1%||224||(6.4)||62-341||(5.5)||(15.9)|
|Offense Home Games||24.3||12.9||24.4||32:58||23-94||(4.1)||30-50||59.4%||341||(6.8)||73-435||(6)||(17.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.4||12.9||19.1||29:10||26-116||(4.5)||22-34||63.9%||222||(6.5)||60-338||(5.6)||(12.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||11.4||19.4||30:16||27-120||(4.4)||21-34||61.4%||217||(6.4)||61-338||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Home Games||27.3||14.1||19.1||28:50||24-114||(4.7)||22-35||62.8%||238||(6.7)||60-352||(5.9)||(12.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.9||1.9||-0.8||14-6||42.1%||1-0||40.0%||2-42||(19.6)||2-20||(9.2)||7-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||2||13-5||37.6%||1-0||43.8%||3-61||(24.2)||20-2||(8.9)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.1||0.9||2.0||-1.0||15-7||45.7%||1-1||50.0%||2-41||(17.8)||2-24||(9.7)||5-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.4||1.1|| ||13-5||37.3%||0-0||83.3%||3-76||(23.2)||2-21||(10.4)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.1%||1-0||50.5%||3-63||(23.1)||20-2||(9.1)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.9||0.1||1.0|| ||12-5||36.8%||1-1||80.0%||3-65||(23.8)||2-20||(12.5)||5-52|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 20.9, DETROIT 21.2|
|11/19/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||7-32||L||3.5||L||34||O||28-85||14-22-58||2||29-123||16-23-232||0|
|12/30/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ GREEN BAY||20-27||L||5.5||L||50||U||32-135||27-45-251||2||25-140||14-24-148||1|
|12/30/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice coached the offensive line for the past two years, so there will be few changes to the running game. They figure to skew as run-heavy as they did under Mike Martz last year (46.6 percent rush percentage, seventh-highest in the NFL). Tice's scheme involves a lot of stuff outside the tackles, then a healthy mix of inside zone plays. Assuming he's signed, Matt Forte figures to have only a slightly lesser workload than a year ago, when he played about 70 percent of the reps. Michael Bush should take closer to 35-40 percent of reps, and he could end up stealing short-yardage duties as well. The Bears often struggled to get a push in a short field last year, so it's no guarantee they'll stay run-heavy in the red zone. The Bears' passing game will look different. They brought in Jeremy Bates, who was close with Jay Cutler in Denver, as quarterbacks coach. Rather than the anticipatory throws required in Martz's offense, Cutler will be hitting big receivers facing him. Brandon Marshall is reunited with Cutler and should see a heavy majority of passes. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is expected to start and, despite his questionable long speed, will probably be asked to stretch the field a bit more. They'll go three-wide with Earl Bennett playing the slot often. The tight ends will be used more than they were in Martz's offense, especially Kellen Davis. The star of the defense is Julius Peppers, who still dominated in all facets in 2011 despite playing through a knee injury. He sees a lot of double teams playing on an otherwise mediocre defensive line whose only other notable player is Israel Idonije. After years as a backup, Idonije worked hard to become a starter in 2010 and has had two strong seasons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but he's also coming off a major knee sprain that could linger at least into training camp. Lance Briggs looked half a step slow last year, failing to record double-digit total tackles in a game even once after Week 3. Charles Tillman is outstanding in run support, not so much in coverage, where he's undersized and was targeted an NFL-high 117 times last year. He's involved in as many plays as anyone on this defense. Special teams is where Chicago continues to excel, largely because of the reliable right leg of kicker Robbie Gould and superstar Devin Hester, the best return man in NFL history. |
|DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (CHICAGO-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Forte probable, Urlacher doubtful)
*Bears-Lions Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
While a second-half collapse has put their postseason hopes in doubt, the Chicago Bears managed to stay alive with a big win last weekend.
Now, another victory coupled with some help from their archrival would allow them to sneak in.
Visiting Chicago first tries to get past Calvin Johnson and the slumping Detroit Lions on Sunday before turning its attention to a late-afternoon showdown between the NFC North's other two teams.
The Bears (9-6) surely had their sights set on the division crown after opening 7-1 but they'd gladly settle for one of the conference's two wild-card spots.
Chicago heads into the final week of the regular season on the outside of the playoff picture but could still get in with a victory at Ford Field and a Green Bay win at Minnesota later in the day.
"This time of year, you want to be in it, you want to be relevant, and we are," coach Lovie Smith said. "We have a chance, and that's all you can hope for. It's not an ideal situation that we're in. But hopefully we can take care of business and do all that we can do. And from there, after we've gotten ourselves in this position, that's about all we can hope for."
Chicago, which has won just two of its last seven after last Sunday's 28-13 victory at Arizona, appears to have another favorable matchup against a Detroit team that's given up an average of 31.9 points during a seven-game losing streak. The Bears have taken eight of nine in this series, including a 13-7 win Oct. 22.
"It's safe to say (the Lions) are disappointed in their season, so they would love nothing more than to make us disappointed for the rest of the year," Jay Cutler told the Bears' official website. "This is a big game. Last week was a big game. We've got to win. There is nothing else to be said about it... these are the games you've got to have.
"It's just like any other game: red zone, third down, ball security; if we do all of those things and hopefully get the running game going a little bit, we should be fine."
Chicago, though, could have a hard time with Matt Forte banged up. The fifth-year back, who's compiled 1,075 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns over those last nine matchups against the Lions (4-11), left last weekend's game with an ankle injury but went through a full practice Friday and is listed as probable.
Smith was also hopeful about Brian Urlacher's chances of playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 13. Urlacher went through a limited practice Friday in his first workout since suffering the injury but is listed as doubtful, likely leaving the Bears short-handed as they try to contain Johnson.
The All-Pro wideout hauled in 11 receptions for a season-high 225 yards last Saturday in a 31-18 loss to Atlanta, surpassing Jerry Rice's NFL single-season record with 1,892 yards. Johnson is also the first player to post 100 yards receiving in eight consecutive games and 10 catches in four straight.
"Personal records are great, and we certainly celebrate the season Calvin that has had, but it hasn't translated to enough wins," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We need more help around him."
Johnson, though, was held to season lows in the October loss, finishing with only three catches for 34 yards.
Matthew Stafford could also enter his name into the record books with a big game Sunday. Stafford, who's thrown for 4,695 passing yards, has a chance to become the first player to record 5,000 in back-to-back seasons. New Orleans' Drew Brees (4,781) and New England's Tom Brady (4,543) could also get there.
"I'd love to be able to be able to do it again," Stafford said. "But I'd love for it to come with a win."
Despite enduring their fair share of frustrations this season, the Lions appear to be plenty motivated for Sunday's showdown. They're hoping to snap their longest skid since going 0-16 in 2008.
"You want to end the season on a high note. Last year we were a playoff team - unless you win the Super Bowl you're not winning your last game," Schwartz told the team's official website. "It does give you a little bit of feeling going into the offseason. It's one of 16, but it is the last one that we play.
"Nobody wants teams to celebrate at your own expense. I think that's important."
While Johnson was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, Chicago will be represented by fellow receiver Brandon Marshall along with Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman, Julius Peppers and Henry Melton. Marshall has already posted career highs of 113 catches, 1,466 yards and 11 TDs in his first season with the Bears.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:14:39 PM EST|