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5 things to watch: Lions at Bears

Detroit kicks off the second half of their season in Chicago later today, needing a win to get back above the .500 mark and keep pace with the rest of the NFC.

One of Stafford’s most impressive games this season was Week 7 against Minnesota, when he threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns against that terrific Vikings' defense.

Head coach Matt Patricia will have an interesting decision this week deciding if he wants to challenge his coverage units by kicking to a dynamic Bears return game.

Neither unit ranks better than 27th in any major statistical category, which means both the Bears' offense and Lions' defense have to be heading into this one thinking it’s an opportunity to get right and build some confidence.

Can Detroit’s defense step up and force quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and a Bears' passing offense that ranks 30th in the league to beat them?

The Lions have done a pretty good job through the first half of the season of protecting Stafford and giving him time to make some of the big throws down the Field.

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