For this weeks edition of 5 Questions, we contacted Zac Snyder from SideLion Report. Zac was optimistic in the offseason, and he predicted a a Lions win in week 4. Let us see what he has to say for this weeks divisional matchup between the Bears and Lions.
Who would you rather face on Sunday, Josh McCown or Jay Cutler?
It sounds like Jay Cutler will give it a go. Based on the way he played against the Lions earlier this year, that’s just fine with me. Ndamukong Suh is amped up to go after Jay Cutler so Lions fans shouldn’t have a problem with Cutler returning.
What did the Lions need to fix the most during their bye week?
One poor spot that has popped up throughout the first half of the season is the Lions defense allowing big plays. They’ve been generally solid but have a propensity to give up yardage in big chunks on occasion. Matt Forte got one of those in Detroit earlier this year.
Reggie Bush had a career game against the Bears in week 4, what do you expect from him on Sunday?
I expect they will try to use him much like they did in the first meeting with the Bears defensive front beat up. That being said, they have the flexibility to get him more involved in the passing game, as well as looking to Calvin Johnson who has been tearing up the league of late. Bush’s running ability is important, but the Lions have a number of options at their disposal.
What do the Lions need to do to pull out a win on the road against the Bears?
Protect the ball. Their win against the Cowboys leading into the bye week wasn’t unbelievable because of the way it ended, it was because of the way the whole game went with the Lions a -4 in the turnover battle. It has been more than 30 years since the Lions last won a game with such a bad turnover margin and it was just the first time this season they won a game without forcing more turnovers than they gave up. The Bears feast on turnovers and Soldier Field is hostile enough without making the game difficult on yourself.
What is your prediction for the game, including a final score?
The Bears deserve a lot of credit for finding themselves in a three-way tie atop the NFC North right now. That being said, if these teams are who I think they are, the Lions should win a tough one. Lions 26, Bears 23.
I want to thank Zac Snyder from SideLion Report for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our 5 Questions about this weeks matchup of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Make sure to check out SideLion Report to find out more about the division rival Detroit Lions.