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Lions Look To NFC North Title, While Bears Look To Future

Sunday's game between the 10-4 Detroit Lions and 5-9 Chicago Bears features the Bears at a +9 at home but there's more to the game than that line. There is also a big sense of consideration for where the two teams are going as they have their own ideas on what they want to do this weekend.

For the Lions, they are tied with Green Bay for the top of the NFC North. Even with that record, there is no guarantee that a team with ten wins in the NFC will get a wild card spot with Philadelphia, Seattle and Dallas all in the running too.

The Lions have the NFL's best rush defense as they are allowing 64 yards per game. Even with that, the Lions still have a weak running game that is only getting 84 yards per game.

Calvin Johnson has not gotten much practice time this week due to an ankle injury and is questionable for the game. He still holds as many yards per game as Golden Tate does; Tate has 1,224 receiving yards this year while Johnson has 935. The closest to them in that category is Joique Bell at 309 yards.

For the Bears, they are going in a new direction this weekend. Jay Cutler has been benched at the quarterback position as Jimmy Clausen will be the starter. The former Notre Dame star played with Carolina in thirteen games in 2010 but did not play at any point in the next three years as Cam Newton took over the quarterback position for the Panthers. This marks his first start since then and his fourth game appearance this year. Clausen is 3-9 in passing with 42 yards this yard.

The Bears' defense has been rather shaky this year as they have given up about 272 passing yards per game this year. Also, they have given up 30 points or more seven times this year.

Cornerback Chris Conte missed the Bears' last game with a back injury and he is questionable for this game. Kicker Robbie Gould is also questionable with a quadriceps injury.