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In eight career games against the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears' running back Matt Forte has rushed 135 times for 678 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The Bears bring the 10th-best rushing offense into Monday night's game averaging 123.6 yards per game. The Lions rush defense is the 12th best in the league allowing just about 96.4 yards per game. Quarterback Jay Cutler has won five of his last six starts on Monday Night Football. Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester has scored eight touchdowns (three punt returns, two kick returns, one receiving) in nine appearances on Monday Night Football. In last season's Week 10 meeting against the Lions he returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown on the way to a 37-13 win for the Bears. The Lions became the first team in NFL history to allow a punt return and a kick return for a touchdown in back-to-back games (Week 3: Tennessee, Week 4: Minnesota). The Bears are second in the NFL in scoring with an average of 29.8 points per game, which includes the five defensive touchdowns they've scored this season. Take away those defensive scores and the offense is averaging 22.8 points per game. Defensive tackle Henry Melton is second among defensive tackles in sacks (4.5) behind only Bengals DT Geno Atkins (6.0). The Bears have won seven of their last eight games against the Lions. The last loss came in Week Five of the 2011 season, when the Lions beat the Bears 24-13 on Monday Night Football. Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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