Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (91) after the game at Ford Field. Chicago won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions: Game Preview and Staff Predictions

The time for talking is over as the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions take Ford Field today in Detroit to play against each other in what is an early decisive game for the NFC North division.

Throughout recent seasons, tensions between the Bears and Lions have grown to the point where the rivalry between the two teams mirrors the rivalry that the Bears have with the Green Bay Packers or the one that the Packers have with the Minnesota Vikings.

This season, the Detroit Lions are 2-and-1 after the first three weeks of the NFL season. The Lions should be sitting in the same position that the Bears are but let a late lead against the Arizona Cardinals slip away. One of the biggest difference makers for the Lions this season has been Reggie Bush. Bush did not play in the Lions last game against the Washington Redskins but the running back will be on the field today against the Bears. Bush is a talented running back when he gets to the outside, but his addition to the Lions’ offense gives quarterback Matthew Stafford another potent receiving option.

As for the Bears, the team has been one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season. The undefeated start to the season for the Bears has elongated the honeymoon era between Bears fans and new head coach Marc Trestman, though after three straight wins to begin the season, many national pundits are joining the love fest. That is no slight towards Trestman either. Trestman has been really impressive to this point as the Bears’ head coach.

Fortunately, the only thing that matters in the NFL is wins and losses. The Bears record can’t be any better after three weeks than it is. Having said that, the team arguably should be 1-and-2 after needing late fourth quarter comebacks against the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears are playing their most important game this season to this point. On paper, the Bears are the better team and they possess the better coaching staff. But the Lions no longer are the cakewalk that they once were. With that said, time for our staff predictions.

Dylan Burn:  I think that this will be a back and forth game.  It will be a tough, hard nosed football, but I believe the Bears escape Ford Field with a win 30-24.

Brandon Cain: The Bears will win 30 to 17 in Detroit. Nate Burleson’s absence will be present in the Lions’ passing game which will help the Bears’ defense whether or not Peanut Tillman plays.

Brandon Bender: Both games were close last season, and this one again could go either way. I’m picking the Lions in another close one 31-24.

Jordan Campbell: If this game was in Chicago, ironically, I think the Lions would have ended the Bears undefeated start to the season. But Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler is unbeatable in Detroit and that is why the Bears will defeat the Lions 34-27 on Sunday.

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