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CHICAGO -- Rookie running back Jordan Howard knew he would get an opportunity to carry the ball for the Chicago Bears if he stayed patient and worked hard.However, Howard never imagined that his moment would arrive so soon. The Bears fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana is expected to make his first start Sunday against the Detroit Lions because of injuries to teammates Jeremy Langford and KaDeem Carey.It definitely is kind of weird, Howard told the Chicago Sun-Times. I wasnt expecting injuries like this. Ive just got to take it in stride and lead the way Jeremy and KaDeem would.The Bears (0-3) could use a burst of energy from their rookie running back -- or anyone, for that matter. Chicago is one of only four teams without a victory, joining Cleveland, Jacksonville and New Orleans.Then again, the Lions (1-2) have not fared much better. But whereas all three of Detroits games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the Bears have been outscored by a whopping margin of 83-45.Throw in Detroits recent dominance against division rival Chicago, and its easy to see why Jim Caldwells club is favored by about a field goal on the road. The Lions have won six consecutive games against the Bears and have not lost at Soldier Field since Oct. 22, 2012.Meanwhile, the Bears have lost 11 of their past 12 home games dating to the end of the 2014 season.A sprained thumb could force Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler to miss his second consecutive game Sunday. If Cutler is sidelined, as expected, veteran Brian Hoyer will try once again to breathe life into a quiet offense. The Bears rank third-to-last in the league with an average of 15 points per game.Howard hopes to help as the primary option in the backfield. He has averaged 5.6 yards per carry in limited action (12 carries for 67 yards). He also has caught six passes for 56 yards.In the Bears passing game, Alshon Jeffery has averaged 19.4 yards per reception but still is searching for his first touchdown. Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Zach Miller also have notched double-digit receptions.As the Bears offense has struggled, so has the Lions defense. Detroit has allowed 28.3 points per game, which is 27th in the league.Lions safety Glover Quin said he and his teammates needed to play faster and stop thinking so much.Weve got to come out and just play, Quin told the Detroit Free Press. Weve got to fly around, attack and just play. And when you play fast, a lot of times, playing fast with great effort can cover up some mistakes. Sometimes guys may have mistakes, but if youre playing fast, sometimes you can cover it up.So thats what weve got to do. Play fast, stop second-guessing ourselves or trying to play perfect or whatever it may be and just fly around and be aggressive and let the chips fall where they may.The Lions offense has encountered no such difficulties in finding its rhythm. Thanks largely to the efficiency of quarterback Matthew Stafford, Detroit is fifth in the league in scoring with 27.0 points per game.Lions running back Theo Riddick has emerged as a dual-purpose threat. He is tied for second among running backs with 16 receptions, and his 130 receiving yards rank seventh among players at the position.Some predicted the abrupt retirement of Calvin Johnson to derail the Lions passing game. Yet Marvin Jones has filled in perfectly in his first three games with Detroit. The former Cincinnati Bengal has caught 18 passes for 408 yards, which leads the league.Chicagos defense could be in trouble if Stafford has time to feel comfortable in the pocket. The Bears have managed only four sacks in their first three games, and they expect to be without nose tackle Eddie Goldman for a second straight game because of an ankle injury. The Bears are No. 10 in passing defense but No. 30 in rushing defense, allowing an average of 142.7 yards per game on the ground.Perhaps a former Lions player can help the Bears snap the six-game skid against their NFC North rivals. Earlier this week, Chicago signed running back Joique Bell to add depth behind Howard.Bell played for the Lions from 2012 to 2015. He said his first week in Chicago was a whirlwind.Right now, I think theyre trying to feed my brain, Bell told the Sun-Times.How quickly could he become comfortable in a new offense?Were about to find out, he said. J. B. Wendelken Athletics Jersey . 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But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will ultimately fall to the head coach. Tim Cahill or not, Melbourne City have secured a route to goals by signing up Bruno Fornaroli as a marquee for three A-League seasons.And the Uruguayan has some advice to the Socceroo striker, who is mulling over a deal to join City as a guest player for the 2016-2017 campaign.Sign. I say sign, Fornaroli urged the Socceroo.Fornarolis signing, long suggested but cemented on Monday, secures one piece of a dream A-League striking partnership at City.In the Uruguayan, they have a forward fresh from the best goal-scoring campaign the league has ever seen after he tallied 23 regular-season goals and 25 in all competitions last year.Add in Cahill, the all-time leading Socceroos scorer, Fornaroli believes the club would have the ingredients for the success that has so far eluded City.If Tim comes, its perfect. A big, big player for our team, he said.I hope this. But I dont know if he signs or if hes coming.Fornaroli said he didnt mind whether he was moved back into a No.10 role or out wide to accommodate Cahill, insisting we can play together.Whether or not he will get to depends on Cahill, who is reportedly close to an announcement and has undertaken a medical at Citys affiliaated club in New York.ddddddddddddEither way, City fans can look forward to three more years of Fornaroli, originally a speculative signing.His scoring feats prompted suggestions the 28-year-old might try his hand in European leagues.The goals also convinced City to make him one of the A-Leagues best-paid players and extend his stay.Fornaroli, previously a journeyman who had not spent more than two seasons in a row at the same club or even country, said he never expected his stay in Melbourne would last four years.But this is football. Sometimes it is crazy, he said.I find here a very good club. Theyve helped me so much not only inside the pitch, also outside the pitch for me and my family.For this reason I am happy to re-sign and stay here.Fornaroli confirmed interest from other clubs without elaborating.Now hes out to reproduce or better his breakout season, saying he didnt feel the added expectations from setting the bar high or from his weighty new deal.Its a good contract, he said.Its a big responsibility yes. But I dont feel pressure. ' ' '

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