Will the Detroit Lions finish the 2015 season with a win, or will it the Chicago Bears defend home field in the season finale? The DJC makes their picks.
Zac Snyder (10-5) – The Detroit Lions have turned their season around but it is too little, too late after a 1-7 start. But even in the turnaround the Lions have shown themselves capable of coming out flat like their performance in St. Louis. This Lions-Bears game feels like that Rams game to me. It would be easy to feel like the Lions are the far superior team but I don’t believe that actual difference is all that big – in fact any difference is non-existent in the standings. Bears 23, Lions 20
Aaron Huizenga (8-7) – No pick
Matt Snyder (7-8) – Lions finish the season strong with a road win in Chicago. Lions 24, Bears 17
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Mike Rizzo (6-9) – The Detroit Lions end a disappointing season against the Chicago Bears who they could sweep. Chicago could be without Matt Forte and others for this game. The Lions have a shot to finish 7-9 which considering how they started is pretty good. I see the Lions winning this game and then the focus turns to Caldwell’s job status. Lions 20, Bears 14
Erik Schlitt (6-9) – Even with a 6-9 record the Chicago Bears are viewed as a team that has a bright future. The front office and coaches have job security and no matter the outcome of this game, they will head into the offseason planning for 2016. The Lions have a lot more to play for and I expect them to show it on the field. This game ultimately may not affect the survival of the front office or coaching staff, but 7-9 makes a better case than 6-10. I expect the Lions to play with urgency and ride the momentum of Matthew Stafford to a week 17 victory. Lions 27, Bears 20.
Braden Shackelford (5-10) – The Bears will be without Alshon Jeffery who had a big game against the Lions the last time these two teams played. The Lions have also looked much better since the, though really none of that matters because the Bears always play the Lions tough on their home field. I like the Lions in this one, but it will be close. Lions win, 27-24.