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Bears begin prepping to host Lions

Three days after losing to the Cowboys 31-17 in Dallas, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's home game against the Detroit Lions.

One of four winless NFL teams, the Bears (0-3) will return to Soldier Field for their first division game of the season looking to end two disturbing trends—they've lost 11 of 12 home games dating back to 2014 and have dropped six straight to the Lions.

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Lions quarterback Matt Stafford has completed 81 of 120 passes for 985 yards with seven touchdowns.

Detroit (1-2) opened the season with a 39-35 win over the Colts in Indianapolis but has since lost to the Titans 16-15 in Detroit and the Packers 34-27 in Green Bay.

The Lions are led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has completed 81 of 120 passes for 985 yards with seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 105.0 passer rating. Wideout Marvin Jones leads NFL receivers with 408 yards on 18 receptions and has scored two TDs.

The Bears lead the all-time series 96-71-5 and the 96 wins are their most against any opponent. But their six straight losses are tied for the longest skid against the Lions since the series began in 1930.

The Bears lost the last meeting 24-20 on Jan. 3, 2016 at Soldier Field in last year's season finale. Trailing 10-0 at halftime, the Bears scored on four straight possessions for the only time all season, highlighted by two Jay Cutler touchdown passes. But the comeback fell short when Cutler threw his third interception with 1:51 to play. It was his only multi-interception game of the season.

After Week 3, the Bears rank 27th in offense (30th in rushing and 23rd passing) and 16th in defense (30th against the run and 10th versus the pass). The Lions rank 4th in offense (16th rushing and 3rd passing) and 21st in defense (21st versus the run and 16th versus the pass).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be available Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will speak Thursday.

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