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Here's a few articles I've seen about the upcoming MNF game vs Da Bears.

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'Tough guy' Matthew Stafford to face bad memories in Chicago
October 19, 2012

Matthew Stafford's flair for the dramatics started long before he was a Lion.

Stafford didn't lead many comeback victories as a schoolboy star in Texas -- his teams were so good he didn't have to. But in college, Stafford showed a penchant for late-game heroics early during his time at Georgia.

"We had some good comebacks, for sure," Stafford said Thursday. "Ask Calvin. We beat them my freshman year."

Stafford threw a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:45 left to give Georgia a 15-12 win over Calvin Johnson's Georgia Tech team in 2006.

On Sunday, he and Johnson were on the field again -- this time as teammates -- when he engineered his eighth game-winning drive in 34 NFL starts, 26-23, against the Eagles.

Stafford passed for 220 of his 311 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime, and while he did his best to credit his teammates and coaches for his comebacks Thursday, coach Jim Schwartz said there's no secret why Stafford is so good with games on the line.

"I think it's a combination of a couple things," Schwartz said this week. "One, it's (that) he has good players around him and he has confidence in that. Two, he's a good player.

"He's a tough guy. There's a lot of things you need to do when you're a quarterback, and being able to bounce back from a bad play, having a short memory, all those different things, they're all very important."

Stafford shook off his worst first half of the season against the Eagles, when he was 6-for-18, and he'll have more bad memories to suppress Monday when he returns to his personal house of horrors, Soldier Field.

As a rookie in 2009, Stafford suffered an injured knee in a 48-24 loss to the Bears, missed the next two games and eventually required season-ending surgery.

In 2010, Stafford suffered a separated throwing shoulder in the first half of an opening 19-14 loss at Chicago. He missed five straight games, hurt his shoulder again when he returned and finished his second straight year on the operating table and injured reserve.

Last year, Stafford showed up at Soldier Field with a broken finger and proceeded to throw four interceptions in his worst game of the season, a 37-13 loss. Frustrated with his play in the fourth quarter, Stafford threw Bears cornerback D.J. Moore to the ground after his third pick, causing players from both benches to spill onto the field.

Asked Thursday if he and Moore exchanged Christmas cards after the season, Stafford deadpanned, "No. I lost his address."

"It's not a revenge game, it's a rivalry game," Stafford said. "Every time we play each other, it's a big game. They're just a couple miles down the road, so we see them a lot, hear about them a lot. It's a team that we definitely enjoy playing."

While Stafford has never won at Soldier Field, this year's Bears team should provide the sternest test yet.

Chicago (4-1) has won three straight to take the NFC North lead and has the league's No. 1 scoring and total defense. The Bears lead the league with 13 interceptions and have five defensive touchdowns, and Stafford has been more turnover-prone than usual with five interceptions.

Coach Lovie Smith said his defense needs to continue its big-play ways if it's going to stop Stafford again.

"The guys have bought into the philosophy on how important it is to take the ball away," Smith said in a conference call with Detroit reporters Thursday. "We practice it every day. They see the importance of it and what it can do as far as helping you win."

Contact Dave Birkett: 313-222-8831 or dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

Join Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett for a live chat about all things Lions on Friday at 3 p.m. at Freep.com/sports!
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Matchup: Lions (2-3) at Bears (4-1).

When: 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago.

TV/radio: ESPN, WXYT-FM (97.1).

Line: Chicago by 6?1/2.

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Lions' special teams may evade Bears' Devin Hester
October 18, 2012

To kick, or not to kick to Devin Hester?

That will be an interesting question Monday in Chicago for the Lions.

Hester has strong Hall of Fame potential as a kick and punt returner, but he's having a quiet season. His punt-return average of 7.8 yards is far below his career average of 12.6. His kick return average of 26.9 yards is up, but he hasn't busted one longer than 38 yards.

"The challenge is he's the best at his position ever," punter Nick Harris said. "He knows what to do, he knows how to do it, and he knows how to get the ball up the field."

That doesn't mean the Lions don't have tactics of their own.

"There's various ways to approach playing him and trying to limit his opportunities," Harris said, "because he has a great chance of returning the football for a touchdown than anyone else ever at the position. So definitely he's on our radar, and we're going to do some things."

While the Lions' special-teams coverage has struggled, it was much improved Sunday against Philadelphia, and the team has a history of success against Hester, who has fielded more kickoffs and punts from the Lions than any other team. Yet Hester has only two touchdown returns against the Lions, and he's either at or below his career averages against them.

Gunner Kassim Osgood said if the Lions choose to kick away from Hester, he wouldn't consider that giving up.

"No, not at all," Osgood said. "It's the strategy. It's all a matter of strategy. Most people want to limit his touches. That's what you do for anybody. Like Calvin Johnson will get gunners like a vise on defense down in the red zone. So you want to take away his ability to touch the ball."

Osgood said he also would welcome the chance to put a big hit on Hester.

"Oh, yeah," he said. "Yeah, I've gotten a couple hits on Devin in my career. So it's definitely good to take a little wind out of him, especially if he's going to be on offense."

Contact Carlos Monarrez: 313-222-6697 or cmonarrez@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez

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BBAO: Devin Hester primed for return
October, 19, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Chicago Bears receiver/kick returner Devin Hester didn't practice Thursday because of a quadriceps injury, but he intends to play -- and make an impact -- in Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions.

As Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com writes, it's been 11 months since Hester returned a kick for a touchdown. Earlier this season, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to allow punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns in consecutive games. Hester had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against them last season.

"This is a team we see some opportunities there," Hester said. "At the same time we have to be patient."

Hester has eight scoring returns in prime-time games in his career.
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Bears defense leading the way
October, 18, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

As the nation starts hyping Monday night's game at Soldier Field, I hope no one loses sight of why the Chicago Bears are 4-1 and a 6 1/2-point favorite over the Detroit Lions.

The Bears have outscored opponents 98-27 during their three-game winning streak. But in each case, a defensive touchdown (or two) has been responsible for breaking open relatively close games in the second half.

In Week 3, safety Major Wright's interception return increased a 13-6 fourth-quarter lead to 20-6 in an eventual 23-6 victory.

In Week 4, the Bears held a 17-7 lead over the Dallas Cowboys midway through the third quarter before Lance Briggs returned an interception 74 yards for a score on the way to a 34-18 victory.

And in Week 5, the Bears led the Jacksonville Jaguars 6-3 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter when Charles Tillman's 36-yard scoring return opened the floodgates of a 41-3 victory.

Those three plays make it fair to consider the Bears' defense the top catalyst of their current record. And how they've gone about it is equally clear.

As per his philosophy, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has blitzed on about 21 percent of opposing dropbacks, the fifth-lowest total in the NFL. As the chart shows, the Bears have done most of their defensive damage when sending a standard of four pass-rushers. For the Bears, the more players they can put back in coverage, the better.

It's worth noting that the Lions' offense struggled for much of last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles when faced with max coverage and minimal blitzes. Quarterback Matthew Stafford had 91 yards passing, and receiver Calvin Johnson only one catch, before the Eagles started blitzing in the fourth quarter and leaving Johnson in single coverage. If the Bears stay true to their tendencies, the Lions won't see many such opportunities Monday night.

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Bears' Defense Sending 4 or Fewer Rushers, This Season
NFL Rank
Sacks 15 1st
Int 10 1st
Total QBR 24.7 1st
Note: Matthew Stafford had four picks vs. Bears sending four or fewer pass-rushers in 2011.
Source: ESPN Stats & Information

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Lions have been no match for Cutler

The vaunted Lions defensive line has been more bark than bite against Jay Cutler.

The quarterback is 5-1 as a Bears starter against the Lions and has a career 105.0 passer rating against them in seven starts overall. It's his best passer rating against any opponent with a minimum of four starts, just ahead of the 100.8 he has posted against the Vikings.

As much as Cutler has struggled against the Packers with a 1-7 career record, he has owned the Lions in throwing 10 touchdowns with just one interception. Even in the loss at Ford Field last season, he was sharp, completing 28 of 38 passes for 249 yards and one score. The Lions have generated pressure with 19 sacks in the seven starts, with defensive end Cliff Avril getting seven in the previous six meetings.

Of course, there was the infamous play with Ndamukong Suh when the defensive tackle was penalized and fined $15,000 for hitting Cutler in the back of the helmet on a running play during 2010.

"They get after the quarterback," Cutler said Thursday as the Bears prepared for a visit from the Lions on Monday night. "What they have is not only guys on the outside (Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch) but those two inside (Suh and Nick Fairley) can get a push. Whenever you feel pressure on the outside and you step up, they're getting a push in there. There is not a lot of room to operate so it is a big challenge."

Cutler now has Brandon Marshall on his side with the Bears and that should make him even more potent against a secondary that has been maligned. Lions cornerback Chris Houston paid Marshall perhaps the ultimate compliment after the Lions 26-23 overtime victory at Philadelphia when he compared Marshall to Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

The Lions defense did get a boost last week when free safety Louis Delmas returned after sitting out the first four games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery in August.

"We have a lot of respect for Jay," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "Any time you add weapons to an already-good quarterback it makes him even more formidable. Quarterbacks never stand alone. You have to put weapons around them."

Avril leads the Lions with 31/2 sacks while Suh and Vanden Bosch have two each. Fairley, a first-round draft pick a year ago, is beginning to play to his potential. The Lions have 12 sacks as a whole, tied for 18th in the league.

Some scouts say a lack of dominant play from the front as much as special teams breakdowns have contributed to the team's 2-3 record. But with the game on the line Sunday, the Lions sacked Michael Vick on consecutive plays to open overtime, backing the Eagles into a third-and-31 from their own 4-yard line that set up a game-winning field goal.

"They're real tough, and they give us problems," Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said. "We have to make sure we know where our help is up front in protection and we have to be able to run the ball too and mix it up."

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im worried about hester not cutler. the lions defense is stronger than people on here give them credit for. stafford and company need to get something together and not just in the fourth quarter. i liked that there was more scheffler and less pettigrew last week - that needs to continue. the next step is making use of the "impact draft picks," reiff looks like he s coming along well and should be a weapon as an extra blocker. im not sure about broyles but titus young certainly has not been the answer.


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More Devin Hester for Bears with Alshon Jeffery out
Posted by Josh Alper on October 19, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

Bears wide receiver Devin Hester didn’t practice on Thursday because of a quad injury, although no one with the team seems to think the injury is all that serious.

It’s probably a good thing that Hester got a day of rest to make sure that he’ll be as healthy as possible for Sunday anyway. With Alshon Jeffery out with a broken hand, the Bears are planning to expand the package of plays for Hester in order to fill the hole in their lineup.

“We haven’t really used him in some of the areas that we wanted to use him,” offensive coordinator Mike Tice said, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “But again we’re only a couple of games into this thing and we got a long way to go. We’re going to try to continue to grow his package. His package is going grow by the sheer fact that we lost Alshon this week.”

Hester has just seven catches for 114 yards in a limited offensive role this season. Even with more snaps, it’s no sure thing that he’ll wind up significantly improving on those numbers but the Bears aren’t exactly overwhelmed with other options.

Earl Bennett, who hasn’t played in almost a month because of a hand injury, will also be looked to for increased contributions as long as Bennett is on the sideline. Neither receiver gives the offense exactly what Jeffery provides, so Tice will have to adjust things to the personnel available until their regular offense is back in place.

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We know the Lions DL and LBs are going to have some big plays - lots of pressure, and several sacks should be expected. The Bear OTs both need to be hidden/protected, with help in multiple TE sets and good RB blocking. But the Bears will commit to running the ball with Forte and Bush - and that will help slow down the Lions rush. And they have any sense, they will be moving Cutler around to keep him from being a Suh and Fairly "destination". I think the defensive key to the game is whether the Lions can handle that Bear rushing game and the associated play action attempts to Bennett and Hester down field, with Marshall getting mismatches and demanding a ton of attention in the slot (well, everywhere actually). The Bears won't make the mistake of not committing to the run - especially at home.

The Bear D has been playing excellent zone D, with very good 4-man pressure and unexpectedly good play from the DBs (not just turnovers - but very good tackling). I agree, Legend, that Sheffler and the non-Mega WRs need to show up big in this one. I believe the offensive key to game for the Lions is to also commit to the run with LeShoure. If the Lions give up on the run, it is going to be a very long game for Detroit.

I know the Detroit D is improving to where they were expected to be - but the Bears D is red hot. And given this is in Chicago on Monday Night ... I'll predict:
Bears 41
Lions 20


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We know the Lions DL and LBs are going to have some big plays - lots of pressure, and several sacks should be expected. The Bear OTs both need to be hidden/protected, with help in multiple TE sets and good RB blocking. But the Bears will commit to running the ball with Forte and Bush - and that will help slow down the Lions rush. And they have any sense, they will be moving Cutler around to keep him from being a Suh and Fairly "destination". I think the defensive key to the game is whether the Lions can handle that Bear rushing game and the associated play action attempts to Bennett and Hester down field, with Marshall getting mismatches and demanding a ton of attention in the slot (well, everywhere actually). The Bears won't make the mistake of not committing to the run - especially at home.

The Bear D has been playing excellent zone D, with very good 4-man pressure and unexpectedly good play from the DBs (not just turnovers - but very good tackling). I agree, Legend, that Sheffler and the non-Mega WRs need to show up big in this one. I believe the offensive key to game for the Lions is to also commit to the run with LeShoure. If the Lions give up on the run, it is going to be a very long game for Detroit.

I know the Detroit D is improving to where they were expected to be - but the Bears D is red hot. And given this is in Chicago on Monday Night ... I'll predict:
Bears 41
Lions 20


LMAO. Wow. Just a few reminders; last time we played Chicago, Matt Forte had 64 yards on 18 carries, and one of them was a 40 yard run in garbage time. Take that away and we shut him down. We also had Burleson and CJ both fumble, which was CJ's only fumble of the season and Burleson does not fumble often. What good offenses have the Bears played? What happened when they played a remotely good team? 10-23 loss to the Packers.

Lions: 24
Bears: 20

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I.E. wrote:
We know the Lions DL and LBs are going to have some big plays - lots of pressure, and several sacks should be expected. The Bear OTs both need to be hidden/protected, with help in multiple TE sets and good RB blocking. But the Bears will commit to running the ball with Forte and Bush - and that will help slow down the Lions rush. And they have any sense, they will be moving Cutler around to keep him from being a Suh and Fairly "destination". I think the defensive key to the game is whether the Lions can handle that Bear rushing game and the associated play action attempts to Bennett and Hester down field, with Marshall getting mismatches and demanding a ton of attention in the slot (well, everywhere actually). The Bears won't make the mistake of not committing to the run - especially at home.

The Bear D has been playing excellent zone D, with very good 4-man pressure and unexpectedly good play from the DBs (not just turnovers - but very good tackling). I agree, Legend, that Sheffler and the non-Mega WRs need to show up big in this one. I believe the offensive key to game for the Lions is to also commit to the run with LeShoure. If the Lions give up on the run, it is going to be a very long game for Detroit.

I know the Detroit D is improving to where they were expected to be - but the Bears D is red hot. And given this is in Chicago on Monday Night ... I'll predict:
Bears 41
Lions 20


LMAO. Wow. Just a few reminders; last time we played Chicago, Matt Forte had 64 yards on 18 carries, and one of them was a 40 yard run in garbage time. Take that away and we shut him down. We also had Burleson and CJ both fumble, which was CJ's only fumble of the season and Burleson does not fumble often. What good offenses have the Bears played? What happened when they played a remotely good team? 10-23 loss to the Packers.

Lions: 24
Bears: 20


What was the score of that game, which you speak of? What year is it now?


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Shotty wrote:
I.E. wrote:
We know the Lions DL and LBs are going to have some big plays - lots of pressure, and several sacks should be expected. The Bear OTs both need to be hidden/protected, with help in multiple TE sets and good RB blocking. But the Bears will commit to running the ball with Forte and Bush - and that will help slow down the Lions rush. And they have any sense, they will be moving Cutler around to keep him from being a Suh and Fairly "destination". I think the defensive key to the game is whether the Lions can handle that Bear rushing game and the associated play action attempts to Bennett and Hester down field, with Marshall getting mismatches and demanding a ton of attention in the slot (well, everywhere actually). The Bears won't make the mistake of not committing to the run - especially at home.

The Bear D has been playing excellent zone D, with very good 4-man pressure and unexpectedly good play from the DBs (not just turnovers - but very good tackling). I agree, Legend, that Sheffler and the non-Mega WRs need to show up big in this one. I believe the offensive key to game for the Lions is to also commit to the run with LeShoure. If the Lions give up on the run, it is going to be a very long game for Detroit.

I know the Detroit D is improving to where they were expected to be - but the Bears D is red hot. And given this is in Chicago on Monday Night ... I'll predict:
Bears 41
Lions 20


LMAO. Wow. Just a few reminders; last time we played Chicago, Matt Forte had 64 yards on 18 carries, and one of them was a 40 yard run in garbage time. Take that away and we shut him down. We also had Burleson and CJ both fumble, which was CJ's only fumble of the season and Burleson does not fumble often. What good offenses have the Bears played? What happened when they played a remotely good team? 10-23 loss to the Packers.

Lions: 24
Bears: 20


What was the score of that game, which you speak of? What year is it now?


13-37, 16 of those scored by the Bears offense on 2 drives starting with good field position after 2 turnovers.

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Turnovers are part of the game, just ask the eagles. Last I knew, teams ranked higher in takeaways generally have the best records.

The bears thrive on heavy QB pressure, with CBs who jump routes due to good S play (see what happens when they don't have good safeties?). The lions need to find holes in their D and expose it, meaning staff has to not lock onto CJ all the damn time and the rest of the circus clowns need to hang on to the damn ball.

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Yeah - agreed, conversion. Sorry, Shotty - turnovers and special teams plays do actually count in football. And when a team intentionally strives to be good at those things, you can't just discount them as if they don't matter ... when they've been proved to make a big difference. It isn't just luck that causes INTs and fumbles. Have you seen Peanut Tillman force a fumble? That's what the Bears do on purpose - that's what they practice.

Also - rushing yards help in many ways, but rushing attempts are what keeps defenses honest & enables play action (not to mention keeping your own D fresh and killing the clock). Forte and Barber ran the ball 31 times that game, my man. Teams that commit to running in spite of limited early success running the ball typically get a few big/bigger runs later in the game when the D is more tired...and sometimes breaking that one big run can be the difference in the game (ahem... Javid Best).... or they eventually catch the D off guard with play action, because the D knows they have to keep stopping the run. This stuff is not a secret.


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The article about the Suh shove of cutler gets me hot. We got screwed on the flag because Suh pushed him too hard. Then he got fined! And these idiot writers still act like it was an illegal shot. I think aikman called the game and during the game he said that was more like a two hand "shiv". But I think it will be a 4 point game or so. I'll predict a lion win(I could be biased lol). I think we match up well with them. The defenses match up great against the opposing offenses. Hopefully delmas back will help our ST with wendling and Coleman focused on ST. They have the advantage on ST no question but I think our O has a better chance to be successful than theirs.


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The article about the Suh shove of cutler gets me hot. We got screwed on the flag because Suh pushed him too hard. Then he got fined! And these idiot writers still act like it was an illegal shot. I think aikman called the game and during the game he said that was more like a two hand "shiv". But I think it will be a 4 point game or so. I'll predict a lion win(I could be biased lol). I think we match up well with them. The defenses match up great against the opposing offenses. Hopefully delmas back will help our ST with wendling and Coleman focused on ST. They have the advantage on ST no question but I think our O has a better chance to be successful than theirs.


i agree with you regarding the cutler shove but he s made so many mistakes at this point that there is no defending him anymore - on or off the field. the only way he can convince anyone he s not a dirty player or not an idiot off the field is by avoiding more of these occurrences for a long long time. If I had to pick 5 players in the league that Id be worried could become the next OJ Simpson, Suh would be one of them. I really think the guy is in total denial and needs help.


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Seam routes to Scheff and Pett all day (let's just hope they catch the damn ball). Urlacher is playing the run fine, but dropping back in coverage is an issue.

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Seam routes to Scheff and Pett all day (let's just hope they catch the damn ball). Urlacher is playing the run fine, but dropping back in coverage is an issue.


You're right. He isn't ready to be playing center field in the T2 like he has in the past. For that reason, the Bears are playing more traditional Cover 2 (where you're right - the seam is even more of a soft spot), and doing other things to help hide Urlacher in coverage.

The Bears have been dropping Nick Roach into coverage more... who is actually pretty good in coverage for a SAM. And they've experimented a bit with standing up & dropping McClellin back like a 3-4 OLB even though they insisted they wouldn't. They definitely need guys like Roach, McClellin and others to disrupt the TEs. It looks to me like they're trying to adjust for Urlacher's limitations by mixing it up to keep the opponents from trying to isolate Urlacher for big plays.

One thing that has really helped is the emergence of the Wright/Conte safety tandem, after the Bears have been struggling for years to replace Mike Brown. Now that they've been playing together for almost a full season (stretching back to last year), Wright and Conte have been making very few mistakes and taking very good angles. Wright has turned into the playmaker they were looking for when they drafted him, and Conte at 6'2", an ex-corner with decent speed, is effective at preventing big plays. Conte was pretty inexperienced coming out of Cal last year... but has obviously become a good student of Lovie's D.

With Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings playing at a probowl level, and the good safety play and a Dline that is playing extremely well ... it isn't safe to assume that the Lions passing game is going to thrive. I don't see how anyone could say it is a good matchup for the Lions, after watching both teams play this year so far. Again - If the Lions don't commit to running to slow down the Bear pass rush and try to catch the Bear safeties off guard... I think it will be long day for the Lions.

On the other side, I expect the Lion DEs and LBs to have some success rushing Cutler ... but also expect Rachal, Garza and Louis to handle the Lion DTs "fairly" well... if you'll pardon the pun. lol I dont' think it is being a homer to say that the Bear defensive backfield has been playing at a far higher level than Detroits - and even with Delmas back the Lion secondary is going to have their hands full with Marshall, Bennett & Hester if Cutler gets any time. And I expect Forte to have a huge day in the passing game, as Jay checks down to him under pressure.

Lots of words, but I don't view this game as a good matchup for the Lions at all.


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Seam routes to Scheff and Pett all day (let's just hope they catch the damn ball). Urlacher is playing the run fine, but dropping back in coverage is an issue.


You're right. He isn't ready to be playing center field in the T2 like he has in the past. For that reason, the Bears are playing more traditional Cover 2 (where you're right - the seam is even more of a soft spot), and doing other things to help hide Urlacher in coverage.

The Bears have been dropping Nick Roach into coverage more... who is actually pretty good in coverage for a SAM. And they've experimented a bit with standing up & dropping McClellin back like a 3-4 OLB even though they insisted they wouldn't. They definitely need guys like Roach, McClellin and others to disrupt the TEs. It looks to me like they're trying to adjust for Urlacher's limitations by mixing it up to keep the opponents from trying to isolate Urlacher for big plays.

One thing that has really helped is the emergence of the Wright/Conte safety tandem, after the Bears have been struggling for years to replace Mike Brown. Now that they've been playing together for almost a full season (stretching back to last year), Wright and Conte have been making very few mistakes and taking very good angles. Wright has turned into the playmaker they were looking for when they drafted him, and Conte at 6'2", an ex-corner with decent speed, is effective at preventing big plays. Conte was pretty inexperienced coming out of Cal last year... but has obviously become a good student of Lovie's D.

With Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings playing at a probowl level, and the good safety play and a Dline that is playing extremely well ... it isn't safe to assume that the Lions passing game is going to thrive. I don't see how anyone could say it is a good matchup for the Lions, after watching both teams play this year so far. Again - If the Lions don't commit to running to slow down the Bear pass rush and try to catch the Bear safeties off guard... I think it will be long day for the Lions.

On the other side, I expect the Lion DEs and LBs to have some success rushing Cutler ... but also expect Rachal, Garza and Louis to handle the Lion DTs "fairly" well... if you'll pardon the pun. lol I dont' think it is being a homer to say that the Bear defensive backfield has been playing at a far higher level than Detroits - and even with Delmas back the Lion secondary is going to have their hands full with Marshall, Bennett & Hester if Cutler gets any time. And I expect Forte to have a huge day in the passing game, as Jay checks down to him under pressure.

Lots of words, but I don't view this game as a good matchup for the Lions at all.


Think about. The Packers played them and won 23-10, and that's without Greg Jennings, so we'll say our offense is at least equal to what the Packers' was that game. The Bears scored 10 points on a Packers defense that's middle of the pack as of now. I don't know if you watched the game, but the Packers didn't do anything really special. Constant double teams on Marshall and a smart safety in Charles Woodson making the right decisions all game and the front 7 playing the run well, and HELLO, we just held LeSean McCoy to 22 yards. Yes, the Eagles are missing Peters and Kelce on the O-line, but even with that their line isn't worse than the Bears'. Hester couldn't even trick Sam Shields; how the hell will he fare against Chris Houston? I think Earl Bennett will lead in receiving yards with around 65 yards.

Well thought through prediction is: Lions: 21, Bears: 17

Scheffler, not Pettigrew, will have a field day, catching 2 TDs, Calvin catches 1.

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