Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Bears

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Rod Beard: As far as Lions coach Jim Caldwell and the team are concerned, this is the last game — at least until Monday, when the finale against the Packers will come into focus. They’ve done a phenomenal job of not looking ahead, and if they can repeat their Thanksgiving Day performance against the hapless Bears defense, they can clinch a playoff spot. The offense will have to play better and the defense will need to live up to its lofty standard, but they’ve proved doubters wrong all season. Lions 31-13

Josh Katzenstein: Yes, Jay Cutler has struggled, but Jimmy Clausen? Against the Lions defense? This game has disaster written all over it as long as the Lions offense shows up. Lions 24-10

Bob Wojnowski: Jay Cutler is broken and getting booed, the offensive line is tissue paper, the coaching staff is in disarray and the defense is putrid. So hey, the Bears are dangerous! The 10-4 Lions should be wary, as always, because nothing is a given in the NFL. But the Bears are injured and disinterested, and if Matthew Stafford keeps his no-turnover streak alive, this should be straightforward. Lions 27-13

John Niyo: Looks like Jimmy Clausen drew the short straw this week. And if that’s not a white flag waving in Chicago, I don’t know what is. Lions 28-13

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