Chicago (4-9) at Detroit (7-6), 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Motor City as Chicago comes to Detroit with hopes of knocking the Lions out of the playoff race.

Chicago held Cincinnati to a first-quarter TD by Brandon LaFell and came away 33-7 winners last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Da Bears took a 7-0 lead to open the scoring in the contest when Jordan Howard scored from 21 yards out. After LaFell gave the Bengals a brief 7-6 lead with 2:15 left in the first, Da Bears would go on to score their next 27 points of the game unchallenged, taking a 12-7 lead with them to the intermission. Chicago ran amok on the ground, tallying 232 yards, with Howard accounting for 147 yards and a pair of TDs, while holding the Bengals to 70 yards rushing, while Mitch Trubinsky threw for 271 yards and Andy Dalton throwing for 141 yards and an interception for the Bengals (each QB was sacked twice and threw a TD pass). Chicago was 4 of 11 on third down (Da Bears were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 38:09, while the Bengals were 21:51 as far as time of possession was concerned, going 3 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Lions used all nine of their lives in Tampa last Sunday and came out of Raymond James Stadium 24-21 over the Buccaneers. Detroit led 14-7 at the half and took a 21-7 lead with them into the final 15 minutes of action before Tampa Bay managed to storm back and tie the contest with 8:05 left in regulation when QB Jameis Winston allowed OT Leonard Wester to live a linesman’s dream when he caught a 2-yard TD toss. After Tampa Bay punted the ball back to Detroit with 2:54 left in regulation, the Lions made their way down the field from their 23 yard line, using a 9-play drive that used 49 yards of real estate and 2:34 of clock, ending when Detroit K Matt Prater connected on a 46-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to play. The Bucs, without a time out, would get the ball back on the kick off with 15 seconds left but Winston was sacked by DE Ezekiel Ansah, ending the game and ending Tampa’s hopes for the win. In a twist of irony, Tampa Bay outrushed Detroit 133-53 and Winston threw for 285 yards and a pair of TDs, while Matthew Stafford threw for 381 yards and a TD, even though he was picked off twice. The Lions on third down conversions went 5 of 11 and kept the ball for 29:47, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 8 o third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:13.

They met in the Windy City in week 11 and the Lions erased a 10-0 deficit after 15 minutes of play, taking a 21-17 lead at the half and coming away 27-24 winners at Soldier Field. Detroit’s Matt Prater gave the Lions the lead back with 1:35 left when he connected on a 52-yard field goal, then held off a late Chicago rally in the final moments of the contest. Chicago did outrush Detroit 222-65, with Bears RB Jordan Howard leading the way with 125 yards and a TD. Stafford threw for 299 yards and a pair of TDs for Detroit, while Chicago’s Mitch Trubisky threw for 179 yards and a TD. Detroit on third down? 3 of 10. Da Bears? 3 of 9 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Lions ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:36 to Chicago’s 29:24.

In the week 11 affair in the Windy City, which took place before Thanksgiving Day, Detroit was favored by 3 and won by 3, covering the spread and both teams also took care of the 41 over/under by combining to score 51 points. Detroit’s favored by 5 this time around in the Motor City and the over/under’s 44. Chicago would love nothing more than to put a dent in the Lions’ playoff hopes. Detroit? They want nothing to do with that plan. Lions cover the 5 and win at home in the Motor City.

Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) at Kansas City (7-6), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. They meet again.

This time, it’s in the Show-Me State.

Chargers.

Chiefs.

This one could decide the AFC West.

Both teams enter the Saturday evening contest with wins under their belts from action last Sunday.

The Chargers took Washington to the woodshed last Sunday at Stub Hub Center, beating the Redskins 30-13, leading 23-6 at the half. Washington was outrushed by the Chargers 174-65 and saw Philip Rivers throw for 319 yards and a pair of TDs, while ‘Skins QB Kirk Cousins threw for 151 yards with a TD, an interception and two sacks. The Chargers were 6 of 15 on third down conversions and held the ball for 35:20, while Washington was 2 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:40.

Kansas City got revenge on Oakland for their one-point loss in northern California in week seven and beat up the Raiders 26-15 at Arrowhead last Sunday. The Chiefs led 16-0 at half and took a 26-0 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Raiders scored their only points in that period unchallenged. Kansas City outrushed their AFC West rivals 165-70, rookie RB Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 116 yards and Alex Smith threw for 268 yards, despite being sacked four times and picked off once, while the Chiefs’ defense forced three turnovers, forcing a Raiders fumble and picking off Derek Carr (211 yards) twice, sacking him three times. Both teams were 5 of 13 on third down tries at Arrowhead (the Raiders were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and time was the BFF of Kansas City, who held the ball for 36:40 to Oakland’s 23:20.

The two AFC West/AFL foes met on the West Coast in week three and the Chiefs were 24-10 winners at Stub Hub Center. Kansas City led 17-10 at the break, then pulled away from the Chargers in the second half, shutting out Los Angeles in the last 30 minutes of action. Kansas City outrushed their West Coast hosts 189-104, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading the way with 172 yards and a TD, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards with a pair of TDs despite being sacked five times. The Chargers were paced by Rivers’ 237 yards but he was picked off three times in the loss at home. The Chiefs on third down tries went 4 of 12 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and Kansas City kept the ball for 30:26, while the Chargers were 5 of 13, holding the ball for 29:34.

Kansas city was favored by 3 on the West Coast in the week three contest and the Chiefs would win by 14. The 46 over/under was untouched, as both clubs combined for 34 points at Stub Hub Center. The boys and girls in Vegas think this one’s going to be a little closer the second time around but they like the Chiefs as a 1 point favorite on Saturday night and the over/under this time is 46 1 1/2. For the winner, it’s almost a clear shot to the AFC West title. The loser? Their playoff hopes, while damaged, are still alive. Chiefs pull off the sweep in the Show-Me State with the win and covers the 1.

Chicago-Detroit Broadcast Information – 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: Brandon Gaudin, Mike Mayock, Ed Werder (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Chicago), 83 (Detroit); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Chicago), 83 (Detroit)

Referee: Jeff Triplette

Injury Report

Chicago
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Amos (Hamstring), DT Eddie Goldman (Hip), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (Ankle), TE Adam Shaheen (Chest)

Detroit
OUT: C Travis Swanson (Concussion), T Richard Wagner (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Foot), T Emmett Cleary (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle)

Weather Information: Game indoors

Los Angeles Chargers-Kansas City Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WestWood1: John Sadak, Ross Tucker, Max Starks (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Kansas City)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: CB Casey Hayward (Calf)

Kansas City
OUT: C Mitchell Morse (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Eric Murray (Ankle), LB Tamba Hali (Knee), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Quadricep)

Weather Information: Clear and 49 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

 

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