Bears vs Lions: Keys to a Week 10 Chicago Bears Victory

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Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Protect the Ball

Jay Cutler had his worst game of the season against the Lions in Week 4.  He accounted for four turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a short touchdown.  The Bears can’t afford to give the Lions any breaks, not with a defense that’s struggling as mightily as the Bears D is.  Cutler could have some rust after being idle for a couple of weeks, but he has to come out at the top of his game.  He can’t try to force it and make sure his accuracy and touch are back.

Protect Cutler

The young offensive line had a baptism by fire against the Lions in Week 4.  I’d give Round 1 of the battle between Kyle Long and Ndamukong Suh to Suh.  Let’s see how much the rookie learned against the crafty vet.  Suh hoped that Cutler would play this week:

“I like going against Aaron Rodgers,” Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “I like going against Cutler and I wish them the best speedy recoveries so I can come back and go against them and take them down.”

He’ll get his wish, with Cutler and his gimpy groin lining up on Sunday.  It’s up to the offensive line to protect Cutler and keep him out of the clutches of an ill-intentioned Suh, who would be more than happy to give that groin an extra little kick or pull.  

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