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Lions vs. Bears 2012: Game preview, kickoff time, TV schedule and more

The Lions can climb back into the NFC North race while also knocking the Bears from the lead.

Jonathan Daniel

The Detroit Lions travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears in a classic NFC North battle on Monday night as they hope to upset the current division leader.

The Lions are 2-3, using a bye week of preparation to break a three-game losing streak and beat the Philadelphia Eagles on the road last week. Detroit has been in nothing but competitive games so far this season. With two overtime games in the mix, Lions' games have been decided by an average of five points, with no game having a margin of more than 8 points.

Matthew Stafford leads the NFL's second-best passing game, completing 63% of his passes for 320 yards per game. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is averaging 112 receiving yards per game on the young season.

At 4-1, the Bears sit atop the NFC North and come into the matchup after a bye. Unlike the Lions' contests, Chicago's games have been decisive. Its wins come by an average of 23 points; its loss a 13-point defeat to the Green Bay Packers. Detroit's passing game will need to be on point as Chicago boasts the league's best run defense, allowing just 66 rushing yards per game. The Bears' offense is keyed by the run-game duo of Matt Forte and Michael Bush.

Date/Time: Mon., Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: ESPN

Radio:
Lions: 97.1 FM The Ticket
Bears: 105.9 FM / 780 AM WBBM