Lions vs. Bears preview: Can the Lions get to .500?

The Detroit Lions are looking to get to .500 this season, and a win on Monday would make it happen. SB Nation's Lions blogger Jerry Mallory breaks previews the game.

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are battling it out on Monday Night Football in a crucial game that could shape the NFC North.

Many experts predicted a big year for the Lions, who made their first playoff appearance in years last season. Detroit struggled to start the season, picking up a Week 1 win over the St. Louis Rams before losing the next three. Things appear to be heading back in the right direction following a rough and tumble win last week over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chicago leads the NFC North with a 4-1 record. The Bears had an extra week to rest in Week 6 with a bye. A loss to the Lions would leave a single game between the two teams, keeping the division standings packed tightly together with half a season left to play.

In the middle of it all is a suddenly-rejuvenated Packers team. A win on Monday would keep both teams neck and neck with Green Bay.

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