Bears vs. Lions Match Up, Big Game in Motown
Tonight the Detroit Lions square up against the Chicago Bears. A game like this has not occurred in Detroit since 1956, which was the last time the Lions started a season 5-0. This game is big because it’s a divisional game, and it’s on Monday night, but for Detroit, and what Lions fans have been through in recent years, it’s more than just a nationally televised game.
For a city that has gone through economic hardship as severely as Detroit, tonight’s game means more than Monday Night Football. This game has been hyped up so much that ticket prices have been in triple digits essentially ever since the game was announced. Despite this, there could be a bigger crowd than Super Bowl XL at Ford Field.
The 4-0 Lions are the toast of the town and the surprise of the 2011 NFL season through the first four weeks of the season. The Lions haven’t been convincing in their last two games. They needed 20-plus point comebacks to defeat both the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. The comebacks were impressive, but Detroit needs to start stronger, and against the Bears that is the key to the game, their start.
Though the Bears come in just 2-2 and in third place, they counteract the Lions offense in many ways, especially if they stick to running the ball with Matt Forte. Even though they gave up more than 500 yards on defense to the Panthers last week, the Chicago Bears took home a solid win that kept them from going 1-3 and kept them in the divisional race.
Tonight the main concern for Lovie Smith and the Bears is glaringly obvious, the Detroit front four on defense. Quarterback Jay Cutler is on life support, he has been sacked far more than any other QB in the NFL over the last 2 years and the Lions come to hunt every week. Suh and the crew will be trying to knock the tar out of number 6 tonight, guaranteed. If the Bears cannot stop the rush, the Lions will blow them out tonight.
Can Chicago stop the Lions rush? Can the Lions stop the Bears rush? Neither offensive line is very good, so look for blood in the backfield.
Lions wide out, Calvin Johnson is on his way to glory. He is on pace to set team records galore, more importantly he is on pace to break the TD catch record for the entire NFL. This week will be his biggest test with 6 foot 2 inch “Peanut” Tillman. Tillman is the second tallest corner in the league and will have his hands full against the taller and younger “Megatron”.
Tonight should be a fun night, but we want to hear it from you….