CHICAGO Teams

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears have to be pleased the offense scored 17 points before halftime, but Chicago blew an early lead thanks to poor coverage and a Mitchell Trubisky botched snap that Detroit returned for a touchdown. The Bears are still way too inconsistent to be taken seriously.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is torching the Bears secondary. Stafford is 13-of-17 for 195 yards and two touchdowns (152.8 passer rating) following an early fumble.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones Jr. with a 28-yard TD grab on the double-move. He sold it. And forced the CB to stick his eyes in the backfield. Jones now has 44 yards receiving on two receptions.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears have rotated cornerbacks throughout the game. Marcus Cooper, who did not start, was just burned on Marvin Jones' 28-yard touchdown reception.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Jordan Howard TD run on the outside zone scheme. That gives Howard 88 yards rushing on just seven carries. The Bears are moving people up front today versus the Lions.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears have already eclipsed their season scoring average (16.7 points per game) and we still have 8:30 left in the 2nd quarter. Running back Jordan Howard with 88 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when you think the Bears have turned the corner.....Kyle Long is called for a cheap shot 15-yard personal foul penalty, and on the very next play, Mitchell Trubisky fumbles a snap that Detroit scoops up and returns for a touchdown.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears second round pick TE Adam Shaheen with his second career touchdown. Bears have targeted Shaheen more frequently after the bye week with Zach Miller out of the year with a severe leg injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears ILB Nick Kwiatkoski just recorded his second sack in two weeks and second career forced fumble.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Much better start for the Bears and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who went 3-of-6 for 46 yards on Chicago's first offensive drive. However, Trubisky missed Benny Cunningham for a sure touchdown on 3rd-and-goal and the Bears had to settle for a field goal. Still, the Bears showed much more creativity on that drive than they had in previous weeks.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Long opens the game as Chicago's starting right guard.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Gametime forecast for Bears vs. Lions: Partly cloudy, high 36 degrees, winds W at 17 m.p.h.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears right guard Kyle Long is active again on Sunday. Long dressed for last week's game vs. Green Bay, but played only one snap on special teams. However, Long (fingers) was listed as having full participation in practice on Thursday and Friday, and should be in the starting lineup against the Lions.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears inactives: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Taquan Mizzell, CB Bryce Callahan, ILB Danny Trevathan, DL John Jenkins, OL Tom Compton and TE Dion Sims.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Lions with significant edge in Chicago

For the fifth time this season, the Bears have less than a 40 percent chance to win at home, by FPI's measure. They've gone 2-2 with a point differential of plus-11 in those games. The Lions' odds to win are their highest in a road game since Week 16 of 2014.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Not much of a surprise given the lack of major upsets yesterday, but there were no changes in the top nine spots in current Strength of Record. The one change on this list is that Oklahoma State fell off following its loss to Kansas State and was replaced by TCU in the No. 10 spot.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman graces the cover of today's program.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Nine of the last 10 meetings between the Bears and Lions have been decided by single digits. The teams split last year, with Chicago winning 17-14 at Soldier Field and Detroit 20-17 at Ford Field.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears (3-6) enter Sunday the 14th ranked team in the NFC playoff picture. Chicago's conference record is 1-6.

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Anisimov stuffs in Blackhawks' winner (0:35)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

It's official: The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1, 2019. We know many of you are irritated the Blackhawks are in another outdoor game. Get over it. The best Winter Classics are the ones where the venue is the star, and it would have been nonsensical to not have the Blackhawks in the Notre Dame game given their regional appeal. The venue should also produce an outdoor game local ratings bounce-back for Chicago: They were down 35 percent at St. Louis in 2017 when compared to 2015's game at Washington. The Blackhawks are still a national ratings driver. At this point, they're hockey's John Cena: widely popular, selling lots of merch and leaving smart fans frustrated that new talent isn't getting over. (Please wait your turn again, Nashville.) Although, unlike Cena, the Blackhawks don't always win, going 1-4 in outdoor games. If nothing else, be happy the Winter Classic is being played in a state without an NHL team, hopefully opening the door for games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (featuring the Blackhawks) and Safeco Field in Seattle (also featuring the Blackhawks, probably). Also be happy you're not Jonathan Toews, having to answer the same questions about wind and sun glare and youth pond hockey for the sixth time since 2009, while stewing over the fact that two real points are on the line in a gimmick game.