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3 Keys: Bears vs. Lions

1. The Lions can tear you up through the air, but have been slowed sporadically by constant pressure, and the Bears' pass rush – which had been MIA since the beating the Vikings in Week 4 – did reemerge in Philly last Sunday. Particularly difficult for Stafford and Co. has been pressure up the middle. Eddie Goldman (thigh, check status) and Nick Williams each contributed a sack last Sunday, when Lions RG Graham Glasgow was out with a bad back.

If the Bears can pressure Stafford consistently, the Lions will be in trouble, but should Detroit handle the pressure; it's the Bears defense that is likely to struggle.

2. Detroit’s defense has been just good enough on three occasions this season, but isn't likely to win any physical battles. Head coach Matt Patricia’s specialty is on that side of the ball, and he and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, a 47-year coaching lifer, have been working with mirrors.

If ever there was a time for Matt Nagy to stick his bag of tricks in the closet and come to this one with a K.I.S.S. gameplan, it is this Sunday. The Bears showed they could pound the ball on the ground against a Chargers defense ranked seven spots ahead of this one, and that clearly opened up more in the passing game.

That is the plan Nagy has to go with Sunday.

3. For the Lions to win, it seems almost certain Kenny Golladay and/or Marvin Jones Jr. will have to be the difference, but Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara will arguably be the best pair of corners they've faced this season, or minimally as good as the Packers and Vikings groups that helped hand the Lions two of their four losses.

Chuck Pagano can't really give them help with the threats from Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson, but with a pair of ball-hawking safeties in Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, this definitely is the toughest challenge Lions pass catchers have faced this season. The group that wins this matchup will win the game.

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