With the first three games out of the way against tough opponents, the Bears get the Detroit Lions coming in to town. I hate to say this so early when not a whole lot is on the line but this is a near must-win game. Sounds crazy? Well, it’s a chance to go into the bye week with a 3-1 record, on a win streak and the momentum on our side. If we lose, we are 2-2, in last place and showing a big weakness. And in this division, we might not recover from that. Here’s what to watch for:
1) Jay Cutler
The knock on Jay coming in is that he doesn’t win games but puts up lofty numbers. Over the last two games, he’s been a low risk QB winning games for us. The Detroit Lions are horrendous against the pass and allowed a 75% completion percentage against Drew Brees, Brett Fave, and Jason Campbell. I expect Cutler to top 300 yards and have a great game. But most of all, I want him to win!
2) Matt Forte
If he’s going to get it going, he better start now. I need to see a little more from him than 2.2 ypc. When Cutler hurts them with the pass, I look to Forte to put it away for us and top 100 yards for the first time this season.
3) Our Defense, injuries and all
Our LB depth is the best in the NFL. We have 5 starting caliber guys on our team and we need to show that they belong. After the bye we’ll be healthy there again, but for this game we need the back-ups to step up. Our secondary has been great in my opinion. Our bend, don’t break philosophy is back and in the red zone we are getting things done. Al Afalava is looking to be the answer at safety to the question we were all asking in the off season and I’m impressed with the rookie so far. Look for an interception from him.
4) Special Teams
Besides a forced fumble and 4 missed field goals, our unit looks to have taken a step back. With injuries causing inconsistency, we need to show we can stop returns better. An area where Detroit is actually talented. I see Detroit gaining some yardage on us in kickoffs and punts.
5) Stafford’s Psyche
Last game was a gem for this number one pick. Before that, he threw interceptions galore. I expect to see pressure early to make sure he’s uncomfortable. Welcome to Soldier Field young man, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Bears 34 Lions 13
I expect us to clobber the Lions. I think this will be a great way to go into the bye and feel like a dominant team.
Jay Cutler 21/ 29 317 Yards 2 TDs
Matt Forte 26 Carries 126 yards 2 TDs
Devin Hester 106 yards 1 TD (this would be his first 100 yard game)
Defense: Three Turnovers, 3 Sacks