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5-4, 2nd in NFC North
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5hMike Rothstein

Week 11 NFL predictions: Lions at Bears

The return of Taylor Decker to an already revved-up offense should help Detroit bring home a victory from Soldier Field.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Tahir Whitehead was not fined for roughing the passer against Cleveland. Duke Johnson Jr. was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Lions on the final play of the first half against Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions rule out Ezekiel Ansah and Dwayne Washington vs Bears.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

No Ezekiel Ansah or Dwayne Washington at Lions practice again Friday. Doesn't bode well for either one for Sunday against the Bears.

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Matthew Stafford against the Bears defense lands him on the Week 11 Hate list (0:51)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said he's not certain Jamal Agnew -- who is a returner and cornerback -- has a ceiling as an offensive player. He's played more offensive snaps than defensive snaps this season. Caldwell said he doesn't see him becoming a full-time offensive player, but you never say never. He then praised Agnew's ability as a cornerback but said Quandre Diggs is just playing really well.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell praised Cornelius Washington's power over the span of three questions during his press conference today. Washington, who started his career with the Bears, should have a prominent role against Chicago on Sunday. He has 10 tackles and two sacks this year -- four of those tackles and both sacks coming last week against Cleveland.

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Golladay, Killebrew among top 25 NFL 'prospects'

Hamstring troubles have kept him out of the lineup, but Kenny Golladay has been frisky for the Lions early in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Killebrew has been a pretty sure tackler thus far.

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15hSteve Wulf

How the NFL's first foray into Mexico went south, and back north

Playing in Mexico is old hat for the NFL today, but the league's first attempt to do so in 1968 didn't go as planned. It's a tale of violent protests, a nimble ticket salesman, a QB's broken leg and an old-school football brawl.

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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.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang practiced in full again Thursday for the Lions. That's a good sign for him for Sunday against the Bears. DE Ezekiel Ansah continues to miss practice.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions HC Jim Caldwell said they are kind of going "week to week and see what happens, day to day" with Ezekiel Ansah and see what happens. Otherwise referred to the injury report, which has listed Ansah with a back injury. He has missed the last four Detroit practices and has now dealt with knee and back injuries all season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It seems like the Lions are trending in the direction of having all five expected offensive line starters available for the first time this season. RG T.J. Lang (concussion) went through a full practice Wednesday and LT Taylor Decker returned last week.

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Stafford and the Lions will find winning ways against the Bears (0:37)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay is bucking the trend of some other players. He said Wednesday he does not want to see Thursday night football go away from the NFL. "A lot of guys want to get rid of Thursday night football. I don't," Slay said. "Because it makes our season go a lot faster. You know, because it'd be a long, long season from Monday to Sunday. Oh my gosh. But then it's something for me to do on Thursday, because I'll be bored. But I like it because the season moves fast. Other than that, it's just tough on your body, though. It is tough, though. But I just like the games moving fast. I like to play." Slay is in a different position than most because the Lions have at least one set Thursday date every year -- Thanksgiving.

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2dMichael Rothstein

Who calls the plays for the Lions?

No one has benefitted more from offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter than Matthew Stafford, but Detroit's running game remains stagnant.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after re-signing George Johnson, the Lions are releasing him, The reason? Detroit claimed Kasim Edebali off waivers. Edebali was with New Orleans from 2014 to 2016 and Denver this season. He has eight career sacks, all with the Saints. Two of those came against Matthew Stafford in 2015. Edebali is another player the Lions signed this season from Boston College.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions injury report:

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell praised Golden Tate on Wednesday -- he's on pace for 100 catches this season. Didn't give much credence to Tate's benching in Chicago last year as fueling his last year-plus of strong play.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said Darius Slay has been playing "extremely well" and that "recognition will come in due time," but that there are still areas Slay can improve. Slay has four interceptions this season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards254.39th
Rushing Yards82.629th
Points For27.16th
Points Against23.321st