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Detroit Lions 2017 season preview: Week 11, 15 vs. Chicago Bears

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A look at the final divisional matchup for the Lions in 2017.

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The schedule-makers decided to save the Lions-Bears rivalry games until late in the season. The two team won’t face off until the last half of November in Week 11.

The Lions have had a commanding hold on the rivalry in the past four years, winning seven of the past eight matchups. However, the Bears come into 2017 a much different team. Not only did Chicago grab headlines with all of the confounding moves they made at quarterback, but they were also aggressive in free agency, grabbing some big names like Prince Amukamara, Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright.

So to see if the Bears pose a bigger threat to the Lions in 2017, we tapped Windy City Gridiron to give us all of the info on Chicago’s offseason. Below is their recap.


Notable free agent additions: Prince Amukamara (CB), Quintin Demps (S), Marcus Cooper (CB), Mike Glennon (QB), Dion Sims (TE), Markus Wheaton (WR), Kendall Wright (WR), Victor Cruz (WR), Jaye Howard (DL)

Notable free agent departures: Alshon Jeffery (WR), Jay Cutler (QB)

Trades:

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: Adam Shaheen (TE), Tarik Cohen (RB), Eddie Jackson (FS/PR)

Biggest offseason addition: It’s all about the quarterback in the NFL, so veteran free agent Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, not to mention backup Mark Sanchez, will give the Bears a brand new QB room.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp: The Bears moved up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so the ‘when will he play’ narrative will be front and center all camp long.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: The Bears revamped their wide receivers and secondary, so watching how those two position groups will shape up will be interesting.

Notable injuries heading into training camp: Starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan may have to start the season on the PUP list, but other than that, the Bears are relatively healthy heading into camp.


Thanks for answer our questions, Windy City Gridiron.

... and, of course, #WeOwnTheBears.

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    The two teams split
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