Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears picks: Playoff hopes will keep alive

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As the Detroit Lions get ready to host their rival, the Chicago Bears, they know their backs are against the wall, yet still with an outside shot of making the postseason.

Bears linebacker Christian Jones sacks Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford during their game November 19 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The Lions have been turning heads in the celebration department all season long, and they brought their A game on Saturday.

Adam Shaheen, the second-round pick working an increased role for the Bears, will be inactive against the Lions due to a chest injury.

If Detroit does not beat the Chicago Bears, for starters, its chances of making it to the playoffs are likely over.

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There are two things that really made this play impressive. Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and became Chicago's first player to begin a career with 1,000-plus yards rushing in each of his first two seasons.

ON THE MOVE: Chicago's offense ranks among the worst in the National Football League, especially through the air.

Lions 24, Bears 21: The Lions will nearly certainly struggle with stopping running back Jordan Howard, as well as mobile quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Lions, who are averaging a league-low 76.3 yards rushing per game, will rank among the NFL's worst running teams for a fourth straight year. Listed as questionable are defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, tackle Emmett Cleary and guard T.J. Lang. Center Travis Swanson is out with a concussion.

Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who each missed Sunday's game with injuries, are both active.

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