The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are both playing second fiddle to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. So this week, as the Bears and Lions meet head to head, someone is going to get stung. With the Detroit Lions at 6-2 and the Chicago Bears at 5-3, these two teams currently occupy NFL playoff spots should the season end today. It won’t, but it means the outcome of this Bears Lions game could change the face of the playoffs down the line.
Earlier in the season when the Bears traveled to Detroit, they were in an early season funk and the Detroit Lions were still undefeated. They remained undefeated as the Bears committed penalty after penalty and the Bears offensive line couldn’t keep Detroit out of their backfield. But things have changed now and the Chicago Bears could gain an edge with a victory. Chicago just finished knocking off an improved Philadelphia Eagles teams on Sunday night. Jay Cutler has been well protected and Matt Forte is well on his way to making a case for being the most versatile running back in the NFL.
But the Detroit Lions are leading the NFL in sacks, and against a suspect Bears line, could have a field day. They’ve also managed to be one of the toughest teams in the NFL to keep a drive going against. Detroit didn’t get to be 6-2 by playing bad defense. If they have a weakness, the Detroit Lions themselves would say it’s in stopping the run. Keeping Matt Forte in check is their main problem. Honestly, I have to look to Detroit to pull this one out, mainly because they play good defense and I don’t see Jay Cutler as anything but a journeyman behind a weak offensive line.
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