Monday night preview: Bears-Lions

Posted: October 22, 2012

Lions at Bears

8:30 p.m., ESPN

Line: Bears by 61/2.

The skinny: Hard feelings? Bad blood?

The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions for the most part did their best to downplay the idea leading into Monday night's game.

The Bears (4-1) are trying to solidify their spot at the top of the NFC North, while the last-place Lions (2-3) are trying to jump back into the race.

"With anybody in our division, we're not going to like them, and they're not going to like us," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said.

The Bears beat the Lions, 37-13, last year at Soldier Field. Things were already heated when Chicago's Tim Jennings picked off Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter and got shoved hard out of bounds by Nate Burleson. As that unfolded, Stafford grabbed cornerback D.J. Moore by the helmet and threw him to the ground, setting off a confrontation that led to Moore's ejection.

Moore was fined $15,000 for charging into Stafford, and Stafford was fined $7,500.

- Associated Press

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