Jordan Howard, Mitchell Trubisky ready to 'ball out' vs. Lions

Jordan Howard, Mitchell Trubisky ready to 'ball out' vs. Lions

Jordan Howard, Mitchell Trubisky ready to 'ball out' vs. Lions

As with every week, we'll have a live chat running for fans to talk among each other with updates from Lions beat reporters Nate Atkins and Kyle Meinke, live from Ford Field. Have thoughts on how the Bears and Lions are performing? 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.

Who ya got?"The Bears are playing consecutive road games after beating up on the Bengals Sunday". Rookie Tarik Cohen added a season-high 80 yards rushing.

The Lions sit at 7-6, and are behind 9-4 Carolina, 8-5 Atlanta, and 8-5 Seattle, with only two spots available for the aforementioned teams, as well as 7-6 Dallas (who's getting Ezekiel Elliot back next week), and 7-6 Green Bay (who's getting Aaron Rodgers back this week).

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looks downfield during
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The Seattle Seahawks are also ahead of Detroit, however, so the Lions will likely need to not only win out through the rest of the regular season, but get some help along the way, if they want to get into the playoffs.

INJURY REPORT: Detroit center Travis Swanson (concussion) and right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) were ruled out after both were unable to practice this week.

Detroit also could be without its best pass rusher, Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), while the Bears offense nearly is as healthy as it's been all year, other than the balky shoulder on rookie tight end Adam Shaheen. Amos (hamstring) and Goldman (hip) were limited in Thursday's practice and are questionable to play at Detroit.

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