Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions: Game Preview

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Oct 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) catches a pass for the winning touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah (39) defends during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bears won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It’s week 6 in the NFL. After almost all Bear fans were about to jump off of the ledge and anoint them the winners of the #1 pick in the NFL draft, the Bears squeeze out 2 wins in a row.

Don’t look now but a win against the 0-5 Lions would bring the Bears to 3-3 heading into the bye and maybe even in the…….playoff race?

Ok, lets not get ahead of ourselves but there is reason to be excited as the Bears have won 2 games in a row with several key players out. I don’t care who they beat, this is the NFL.

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The fact that the Bears have found a way to get it done with practice squad receivers and lineman in the past 2 weeks, impresses me.

So, let’s look ahead to week 6: Bears, Lions…Motown. Don’t let the 0-5 record fool you, this is a Lions team that has talent and was a playoff team last year. I’m going to attempt to give my opinion on how the Bears match up against the current NFC North bottom feeders:

Bears Passing Offense vs. Lions Pass Defense

The Bears’ passing attack should get a big lift with the expected return of Alshon Jeffrey and Eddie Royal. That said, we’ve been hearing that Jeffrey will be back since week 2 and John Fox’s injury updates are about as clear as mud. We will see.

Jeffrey or no Jeffrey, Jay Cutler looks like he is at the top of his game right now and the Lions pass defense has

Oct 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Chicago won the game 18-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

given up a league worst 8.5 yards per pass play.

Advantage: BEARS

Bears Rushing Offense vs. Lions Rush Defense

The Bears are middle of the pack in the league rushing as the Lions are 27th vs. the run. With 2 of the Lions’ defensive leaders out (Haloti Ngata and DeAndre Levy), I don’t see this changing against a conservative Bear game plan that I expect.

Matt Forte comes in 2nd among all backs in yards and I don’t see any indications that this will change in Motown this weekend.

Advantage: BEARS