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    DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions tries to break a tackle by Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears after a second quarter catch at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    The Bears can't take Detroit's passing game lightly at Ford Field on Sunday.

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is close to surpassing 2,000 yards receiving this season. "Megatron" is only 108 yards shy of 2,000 yards in a season, something no other receiver has ever done in NFL history.

    Johnson has eight consecutive games with at least 120 yards receiving, though the Lions have just one win to show for it.

    Also, the Bears can't overlook Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is looking to break a record of his own. 

    Last week against the Falcons, Stafford had 443 yards passing on 56 pass attempts.  He's 305 yards from back to back 5,000 yard seasons, which would also be a first in NFL history. 

    New England, Detroit and New Orleans are the only teams averaging over 400 yards of offense per game. 

    The Bears secondary will be tested without starting free safety Chris Conte, who is expected to be out with a hamstring injury.  Second year pro Anthony Walters, normally relegated to special teams, will support Charles Tillman trying to contain Calvin Johnson for the defense.