Lions vs. Bears: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

Chris Graythen

Matthew Stafford leads the Detroit Lions into Soldier Field to play the gritty Chicago Bears.

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears will rekindle their NFC North rivalry on Monday night in Soldier Field, with each hoping to bolster their playoff chances.

Detroit came into the season as one of the preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl, but so far hasn't played up to expectations. After beating the St. Louis Rams on opening day, the Lions dropped three straight contests.

However, Matthew Stafford and company rallied from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit in Philadelphia last Sunday to ultimately defeat the Eagles in overtime.

The Bears have looked strong all year and could be primed for a deep postseason run. Head coach Lovie Smith has to be pleased with the team's 4-1 record, and coming off the bye week, it should be well-rested.

The defense, once again led by Brian Urlacher, has been terrific, ranking first in rush defense and 13th against the pass. The offense also has been productive, scoring 41 points twice and hitting the 23-point mark in two other games.

TV: ESPN

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Odds: CHI 6.5

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