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5 things Lions must do to beat Bears

Five things the Lions (6-2) have to do to beat the Bears (5-3) at Chicago’s Soldier Field:

1. Must run the ball effectively. When the Lions beat the Bears on Monday Night Football Jahvid Best had 163 yards including an 88-yard touchdown run. It will be up to Maurice Morris, Keiland Williams and Kevin Smith.

2. Stop Matt Forte and the Bears’ rushing attack. He had 112 yards vs. Lions in that first game and has not slowed down since.

3. Get to quarterback Jay Cutler. Changes were made on the offensive line since they last met and Cutler has been getting more protection and more time. It’s time for the defensive line to boost its sack totals.

4. Matthew Stafford needs to get the ball to Calvin Johnson who might still be a little motivated after the non-touchdown call at Soldier Field to start the 2010 season with a loss.

5. Keep the attitude. The Lions have been playing mean and nasty football combined with a slight swagger. They are 4-0 on the road and have a six-game road winning streak going back to last season. They seem to play well with the “us against the world” mentality.

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 21.

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