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Chicago Bears Week 4 Early Look: Detroit Lions

The 3-0 Chicago Bears travel to Detroit this week to take on the 2-1 Lions in what will be the 167th meeting between these two venerable franchises.  The Bears own the all-time record in this matchup of divisional rivals with a mark of 96-65-5.  Two very capable offenses accompanied by 2 opportunistic defenses, should make this a game a must watch from start to finish.  With the background out of the way, let’s get to my phase by phase keys for Chicago to maintain both their perfect record and the division lead:

Offense:  The Bears’ offensive hopes begin and end up front this week.  The revamped offensive line has been solid so far this season allowing only three sacks in as many weeks, but have their hands full this weekend with an extremely talented and deep Detroit defensive front.  If the big guys up front can keep Jay Cutler clean, he should have no trouble shredding what has been an anemic Lions’ secondary.   Opening lanes for Matt Forte on the ground also figures to be an important part of keeping Detroit’s defense guessing and controlling the clock to keep a high-octane Lions’ offense on the sidelines, which brings me to the second phase…

Defense:  Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.  The Bears have done an excellent job in this department thus far in the season, but I think they will be even more crucial than usual this week as they take on a truly explosive offense.  I expect Calvin Johnson to go well over a hundred yards, as the Bears just do not have a true answer for him.  Yes, Charles Tillman has done admirably covering Johnson in the past, but Megatron has still gotten his numbers.  If Chicago can tighten up in the red zone and hold the Lions to field goals, as well as force some well-timed turnovers, I think it will go a long way toward keeping the Bears undefeated.

Special Teams:  What can I possibly say about Chicago’s special teams that hasn’t been said at least a thousand times.  If they keep it running like clockwork, they will have yet another dominant afternoon.  A visit to the end zone from Devin Hester would certainly help the cause, and in my gut I think he’s due, but I don’t think it’s entirely necessary for the Bears to pull out a victory in this one.

At this point you might be asking yourself, “But what does all this mean?”  Well I’ll tell you: Bears win.  I see no reason for the o-line to take a step back this week, and I think the defense will get their turnovers.  I can’t remember the last time I was this confident in the Bears winning a game against a team that wasn’t downright awful.  It is truly an exciting time to be a Bears fan, and I hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am.  What do you guys think?

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  • Herman Moore

    You forgot a couple of things. The Lions secondary is better than the Bears unit, and since Stafford is better than Cutler, advantage Lions. Lions front four will wreak havoc with Chicago’s O line, who have looked good primarily because Cutler gets rid of the ball quicker than before. Lions will stifle the run game. And with the game at Ford field, the crowd is a factor. If the game was at Soldier Field, I wouldn’t be so confident, but it’s not. Oh, and I almost forgot, Melton.

    Lions 27 Bears 17.

    • Nope

      Bears went to Heinz field and handled the crowd noise just fine. The Bears have Detroit’s number. These aren’t last year’s Bears either — the OL is vastly improved. Johnson will get his and Bush might rip off a few decent runs, but that’s all I really see. You underestimate the Cutler/Trestman relationship as he’s playing his best ball yet. Gone are the days of covering Marshall and effectively taking away the offense as a whole. Now you have to contend with Forte not only running the ball, but catching passes in the soft zone. Add Martellus Bennett, Jeffrey and Marshall and things get interesting. Melton is a big loss but he hasn’t done much yet this season; Nick Collins had better numbers before Melton came back.

      Bears 30 Lions 14

      • Herman Moore

        Cutler is still throwing most of his passes at Marshall. The O line looks improved mainly because Cutler is unloading the ball quickly. Note too that except for one big play, the Lions shut down AD. And Forte, while he’s good, is no AD. And speaking of Minnie, the Bears had a lot of trouble with them, didn’t they? One thing hasn’t changed–the Bears D is the only thing saving Cutler and the offense.

  • Michigan Bruce

    I think the Lion’s will try and hit the Bears def of line,with melton out and not much speed at MLB,even thou DJ shocked me with two sacks on Big Ben,Bell and Busch have speed and power and Bell catches out of the back field really well and expect alot of screen’s to weak side.