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Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Bears

The Detroit News
Matthew Stafford and the Lions should stretch their win streak to five games on Sunday, Detroit News writers predict.

James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Bears game.

James Hawkins: The Lions and Bears are trending in different directions. Chicago is beaten and battered on both sides of the ball, while Detroit has seemingly hit its stride and coming off its most impressive win of the season. Lions 26-14

Justin Rogers: I’m getting the vibe I did when the Lions hosted the Chargers in 2011, needing a win to clinch a playoff berth. The Lions came out with their foot on the gas in that one and never eased up, cruising to a 38-10 win. Lions 27-10

John Niyo: The Bears are last in the NFC with eight takeaways. A quarter of those came against the Lions in Week 4. Avoid a similar stumble and there’s no reason to lose this game against an undermanned opponent. Lions 24-17

Bob Wojnowski: Two months ago, the Lions lost to the Bears, fell to 1-3, and everything seemingly was falling apart. Instead, the Lions pulled it together. The Bears are a mess, but they can run the ball and their defense somehow ranks seventh. Be careful, Lions. Lions 24-13

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