There are many, many reasons to think the Detroit Lions will beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field, but let's start with the most recent one about this team in turmoil. The Bears are benching Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen -- 1-9 as an NFL starter, all in 2010 -- at quarterback. Clausen has one game in his career where his QBR was over 50 -- when he completed one pass for Chicago against Green Bay in Week 4 this season. Otherwise, it's been abysmal for the former five-star recruit.
Considering the pressure Detroit put on Cutler last time -- three sacks and 16 quarterback hurries -- facing a quarterback who hasn't started a game since Ndamukong Suh's rookie year doesn't bode well for said quarterback facing Suh and the Lions' defense.
That's not even getting into Chicago's defensive woes and the 34 points the Lions scored on the Bears on Thanksgiving. Chicago appears to be even more beat up defensively now. Nothing points to anything positive for Chicago here, which means the Lions could be celebrating their first playoff berth since 2011 by sundown Sunday.
The pick: Detroit 34, Chicago 14