670 staff predictions: Bears-Lions


(670 The Score) The Bears (3-7) visit the Lions (7-2) on Sunday at Ford Field, with kickoff set for noon.

Our 670 The Score pregame show with Mike Mulligan, Olin Kreutz and Patrick Mannelly will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Our postgame show will begin just after the final buzzer, which is expected to be around 3 p.m. Listen to our live stream here.

You can check out all of 670’s preview coverage of the Bears-Lions matchup by clicking here. Below are game predictions from our 670 hosts, producers and writers.

David Haugh (5-5): Lions 31, Bears 24
This represents a step up in class for the Bears, even with Justin Fields returning from a four-game absence. As strong as the Bears defense has been lately, the Lions offensive line figures to control the line of scrimmage — opening running lanes and setting up the play-action passing game for Jared Goff, who’s having a terrific year. The Lions are for real.

Danny Parkins (5-5): Lions 33, Bears 24
The Lions have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Bears believe they have a top-10 defense with a healthy secondary and Montez Sweat. I think the Bears are improved, but they’re nowhere near ready for this challenge.

Matt Spiegel (8-2): Lions 30, Bears 21
There are too many weapons on the second-ranked offense in the NFL, one that’s playing at home, for me to take the Bears. Justin Fields looks comfortable and is quicker to his release. Did he actually learn from watching Tyson Bagent?

Chris Tannehill (6-4): Lions 34, Bears 31
If the Lions had to play anyone good in the next calendar month, I could talk myself into this being a trap game for Detroit. They don’t, so I won’t. This could possibly be the healthiest, best version we’ve seen of the Bears all season, but I need to see it to believe it. I think this will be a hell of a game and a great test for the Bears.

Adam Studzinski (5-5): Bears 26, Lions 23
*Insert Ted Lasso pointing at BELIEVE sign GIF*

Chris Emma (7-3): Lions 28, Bears 19
The Lions look like the team that's ready to take the North and never give it back. The Bears can hang tough if Justin Fields and the offense can avoid mistakes, but this will be another win for the first-place Lions.

Evan Thomas (8-2): Lions 38, Bears 24
With Justin Fields returning after being out with a thumb injury and going into a Lions den where Detroit is on a roll, I’m not expecting much from the Bears’ offense. Detroit has better talent on both sides of the ball, and I’m predicting the Lions will maul the Bears.

Kevin Lapka (5-5): Bears 27, Lions 24
Everything is on the line for the most significant pieces of the Chicago Bears. Justin Fields is embarking on a career-defining seven weeks that could either continue his story with the Bears or close the book. Matt Eberflus has turned his defense into a productive one lately and may be coaching for a job – either with the Bears or somewhere else. In desperation mode and fully healthy, the Bears may not be a good team in the latter half of the season, but they're a team you might not want to bet against. With everything to prove and nothing to lose, the Bears walk into Detroit and pull off a signature win of the 2023 season.

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