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Bears begin to prep to face Lions

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Four days after improving to 3-0 with a win in Pittsburgh, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's NFC North clash against the Lions in Detroit.

Three days after improving to 3-0 with a win in Pittsburgh, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's NFC North clash against the Lions in Detroit.

The Bears are 3-0 for just the third time in the last 22 seasons. On both previous occasions, they won their division and advanced to the NFC Championship Game, beating the Saints to reach Super Bowl XLI in 2006 and losing to the Packers in 2010.

Defensive end Julius Peppers has 11 sacks in 10 career games against the Lions.
Marc Trestman has joined Hall of Famer George Halas and Neill Armstrong as the only head coaches in Bears history to win their first three games. Halas won his first five en route to a 10-1-2 season in 1920, while Armstrong went 3-0 before finishing 7-9 in 1978.

The Bears lead the all-time series over the Lions 96-65-5 and have won nine of 10 meetings since 2008. Chicago has won seven of the last nine match-ups in Detroit.

The Bears won the last meeting between the teams 26-24 in the 2012 season finale at Ford Field. Chicago won the turnover battle 4-0 and cruised to a 20-3 lead late in the first half, but had to sweat out a nail-biter in part because the offense had to settle for field goals after starting drives at the Detroit 24, 23 and 13 following takeaways.

The Bears defense generated three of the four takeaways but let the Lions back in the game by allowing three 80-yard touchdown drives, all culminating in Matthew Stafford TD passes.

Jay Cutler completed 18 of 31 passes for 257 yards with one touchdown and a 95.8 passer rating while being sacked twice. Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries. Earl Bennett caught five passes for 109 yards including a 60-yard TD.

In nine career starts against the Lions, Cutler has completed 158 of 248 passes for 1,822 yards with 12 touchdowns, one interception and a 100.2 passer rating. In 10 contests, Forte has rushed for 877 yards and five TDs on 181 carries and caught 29 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. In 10 career games, Julius Peppers has recorded 11 sacks with five forced fumbles.

The Bears lead the NFL with 11 takeaways as well as 44 points off takeaways. They scored 23 points off five takeaways in last Sunday night's 40-23 win over the Steelers.

In total yards, the Bears offense ranks 22nd in the NFL (17th rushing and 21st passing), while the Lions defense ranks 18th (15th against the run and 18th versus the pass). The Bears defense is 25th overall (eighth against the run and 24th versus the pass, while the Lions offense is fourth (26th rushing and second passing).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest Bears news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Trestman is scheduled to address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.

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