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.