Week 17 Preview: Chicago at Detroit


It’s the last game of the season.  Although it has been a disappointing season, to say the least, I am excited to watch this Sunday’s game.  The Chicago Bears (6-9) will be visiting the Detroit Lions (2-13) this Sunday, January 3 — 12:00 PM.  I am excited because this very well may be the last time we see some of the pretenders who call themselves coaches.

It would be easy to assume that this game is a gimme, however Detroit is a much improved team.  They have won 2 more games than last year, albeit against two teams with (4-11) records.  But that means that they beat two teams better than themselves.  The other thing to remember is that any team in the NFL can beat any other team any week.  Just for instance, the Bears (6-9) beat Minnesota (11-4) last week!

Additionally the Bears have only twice won back-to-back games when they had a 3-game winning stretch against Pittsburg, Seattle, and this weeks opponent Detroit.  Since they won last week, this might be a difficult win for them to attain.  Chicago has only one road game win all season and that was at Seattle.  Being a road game definitely will not play into the Bears hands.

Lastly, the Bears are missing their premier cornerback in Charles “Peanut” Tillman due to broken ribs. The all four safeties have been limited in practice throughout the week.

So, what do the Bears need to do to win?

  • Avoid penalties – The Bears do not play well in domed stadiums.
  • Roll Cutler out of the pocket – Jay is not comfortable standing still.
  • Score a minimum of 3 touchdowns – Detroit averages 15.9 points per game
  • Play defense like this is the last defensive stand for Lovie Smith – hopefully it will be
  • Run the ball well – Kahlil Bell and Matt Forte need to have their best games of the season.

I won’t be able to watch the game live this week as I have a previous engagement I have to attend.  So, I will be watching the game taped, and watching the score live from my phone.  Good luck to the Bears.  See you on the other side of the game!


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