Bears @ Lions, 12/5/2010

Briggs knifes through for a forced fumble & recovery in the 1st meeting.

This game has TRAP GAME written all over it. A Lions team we have beat 5 straight times…A Bears team that has won 4 in a row, coming off the biggest win of the season so far…Looming in the future, a 4-game stretch (vs. Pats/@ Vikings/vs. Jets/@Packers) that it would be hard to not look forward to.  I will say that while the Lions have played better, and we very nearly lost to them in Week 1, I think our team is a vastly improved team for a few reasons:

1) Our defense really solidified with Jennings replacing Bowman at CB, Manning and Harris have really settled in together nicely at safety (notice Major Wright, with a little more range than Harris, coming in on passing situations), and our DT play has improved to complement Peppers and Izzy on the outside. There have even been some TOMMIE HARRIS sightings the last few weeks. And, as usual, Briggs and Urlacher are arguably the best LB duo in the league, and Pisa has made it probably the best trio in the NFL. They are definitely the fastest.

2) Devin Hester has re-found his groove returning punts, and is now even back there on some kickoffs.

3) The offense has finally found its way. I think before the Eagles game, people were saying how the offense has learned how to ‘not lose the game’ and let defense and special teams be the difference. Well, as I predicted might happen before the Eagles game, the coaching staff, realizing that players are settling into their roles, particularly on the offensive line, let the offense go out and WIN THE GAME. Remember, before the Chris Harris INT, the Eagles had scored 13 points, and their offense was getting into a rhythm. Jay Cutler showed why he was traded for; why he was a top-15 pick in the draft—clearly outplaying Vick, showing tremendous scrambling and improv ability, and making GOOD DECISIONS—all the while, still making those 3-4 throws a game that only maybe 2 or 3 QBs in the NFL can make.

All this being said, the key to this game will be starting fast. The Lions will come into this game with some confidence, having played us close in the last game. Now I for one believe that the game in Week 1 should have NEVER been that close, if not for our turnovers and penalties.  If we do the same thing in this game, and we allow the Lions to stay close, we could be in for trouble.

My prediction is that Cutler throws for 3 TDs, and our defense plays well (again), and we win 31-13.

9 responses

  1. Powerful Peter

    Boy am I glad to see this site This game will be a convincing win for the Bears with no letups this week. With Stanton behind the center for the Lions and our Bears not too banged up we will be alright!! GO BEARS!!!

    December 4, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    • for sure. you just gotta hope that we get out of this game quickly and healthy. we need all hands on deck for the last four games and into the playoffs.

      December 5, 2010 at 6:20 am

  2. JohnnyHarvard

    On the run thing those successful runs came at the end of the game when the Bear defense was sucking wind because of the inept offense at that time. Don’t forget they were like 0 for 33 or something like that during that 4 game streak. I don’t think theres a defense in the world that can overcome that. Than you throw in the Washington game where the Bears offense had 6 straight possessions with a turnover? Thats a lot of plays out there.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

    • JohnnyHarvard

      I’m sorry I meant 0-33 on 3rd down conversions. LOL!

      December 3, 2010 at 4:45 am

      • Yeah—for a while, it looked like the best option was the ol’ Steve Spurrier-punt-the-ball-on-thrid-down strategy.

        December 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

  3. johnnyharvard

    Hey Ben I noticed you added some links t Chicago sites up top. You should add this one too. Its the score and the best sports talk in Chicago. Way better than that corporate rag ESPN.


    December 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    • thanks for the extra site. it all helps. as far as the quick start, the only thing i am really afraid of is in this winning streak, we really have not had to play from behind. it would be interesting to see if Martz would stay true to the balanced attack. Also if our defense can stop a running game when we are trying to come from behind. Te Redskins, Giants, and Seahawks had some success running the ball once they were ahead. But I’m with you. I think we win this one pretty easily.

      December 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  4. johnnyharvard

    Agree with everything except the fast start. Not that it wouldn’t be of benefit. Its always good to get ahead of a team (hopefully Big, and demoralize them, but as last weeks Thanksgiving day game showed you can fall behind by even two scores and still comeback on this team. Bears should win this one fairly easily.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  5. JohnnyHarvard

    It rocks man. Not sure if you have yet or not, because I haven’t looked at everything on here yet, but a message board where we can post topics and comment would be nice. If you have never mind! Thanks bro. You need to post a topic to get the word out man.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s