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Bears predictions: Week 4 vs. Lions

The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for Sunday’s home game against the NFC North rival Lions.

Bears receiver Allen Robinson catches a pass against the Lions last year.
Bears receiver Allen Robinson catches a pass against the Lions last year.
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The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for Sunday’s home game against the NFC North rival Lions:

Rick Morrissey

Bears, 17-13

The Bears? Winning a football game? With this offense and these players? Don’t ask me why. I have no idea. After last week’s embarrassment in Cleveland, why anyone would have confidence in the Bears beating any team, even the historically comical Lions, is beyond me. And yet here I am, boarding a ship of fools. Now that I think about it, it could be a cry for help. Season: 2-1.

Rick Telander

Lions, 18-16

Interesting tussle here, for sure. The Bears coming off a pitiful, semi-historic meltdown against the Browns; the Lions desperate not to start 0-4. Bad vs. bad. Maybe terrible vs. worse. Season: 3-0.

Patrick Finley

Bears, 28-17

The Bears’ defense feels just as likely to score a touchdown as the offense, and I’m betting they continue their yearslong dominance of quarterback Jared Goff. It’s hard to find a reason to believe in the Bears, but I’ll settle on a five-word mantra: Have you seen the Lions? Season: 3-0.

Jason Lieser

Bears, 17-9

This is supposed to be the easiest game on the Bears’ schedule, but perhaps there’s no such thing as a cupcake for them. Nonetheless, the Lions are in shambles — even by their standards — and it’s inconceivable that the Bears would blow this game. Season: 2-1.

Mark Potash

Bears, 23-17

The Bears look like they might never win again after Justin Fields’ nine-sack debacle against the Browns last week. They’ll go all-out to protect the quarterback this week — and they still know how to beat teams that are in their league. Season: 3-0.