Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Talking Smack with SideLion Report

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Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions fans dressed as pilgrims cheer during the fourth quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

I have been wishing for the Bears to play on Thanksgiving Day almost every Thanksgiving. Sitting there, watching the Lions play the Bills, or any other team I’m not interested in, I always think to myself, “The Bears are in the same division. Why can’t they be playing on Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving would be so much better if the Bears were playing.” I should have been careful what I wished for. The Bears are going to be traveling to Detroit to play against a Lion’s team who just got stomped by the Patriots. That is never a good thing. The Lions will be at home on a short week with only one thing on their minds, beating the snot out of our beloved Chicago Bears. At least we have Thanksgiving dinner to look forward to. This week, Braden Shackelford took the time out of his busy schedule to talk some smack with us about the match up between the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions.

Before we start this week’s edition of talking smack, can you tell our readers a little something about yourself?

"I live in Oklahoma but have been a Lions fan since I was a kid thanks to my family who graduated from Oklahoma State. They were huge Barry Sanders fans and followed that passion for him when he went to Detroit. I’ve been to two Lions games so far. One in 2011 against Dallas when Megatron had one of the greatest catches of all time and the second time was this year, first game of the season on Monday night football against the Giants. On that trip I got engaged and met Jim Caldwell. We even got pictures with him. Best trip ever."

The last time I went to Detroit to see the Lions play, Devin Hester made a miraculous punt return touchdown and Brian Griese sucked it up for the Bears. Lions victory ensued, and so did the ridicule and taunting towards me. Lions fans can be brutal. So can Chicago Bears fans. So Braden, the Lions just got their butts handed to them by the Patriots. What happened?

"In short, Tom Brady happened. More so than anything the Lions playmakers let the offense down. The Lions pass catchers dropped 3 touchdown catches which ultimately changed the game as they ended up with a total of 9 points instead.  Oh and Matt Prater missed another field goal. But hey it could be worst. At least the Lions didn’t give up 50+ points two weeks in on a row (cough cough Bears). Speaking of the Bears how in the world did they win two straight? I guess Tampa didn’t want to piss Brandon Marshall off. That dude puts his money where his mouth is."

The Bears won two in a row by playing a bunch of tomato cans. The Vikings and Bucs are two offensively challenged teams, and so are the Bears. Plus playing at home helps a little. The Bears have been awful this year. They have so many offensive weapons and yet they are wasted week in and week out. Then the defense gives up 50+ points two games in a row. Nothing is clicking in sync this year. Did you want me to tell you how I really feel?  Anyway, truth be told, I picked the Bears to lose the last two games. I don’t think they have a coaching staff that knows how to utilize the talent on the roster. Speaking of talented rosters, I thought that the addition of Golden Tate was going to make the Lions offense one of the top scoring offenses in the league. Why haven’t the Lions lived up to my expectations?