My Chicago Bears start their season on Sept. 12 against the Detroit Lions. Historically, the Lions have been one of the doormats of the National Football League, not to mention having a “no-win” season, going 0-16, a couple of years ago under then-head coach Rod Marinelli, who is now the Assistant Head coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Chicago Bears. However, the Bears haven’t exactly been lighting up the skies with wins either. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the Lions, they would have been in last place the last few years in their division.
Larry Mayer has posted an article on the Chicago Bears’ Website titled “Bears well aware that Lions are no longer a pushover.”
To that end, the Lions have replaced three of their four starting defensive linemen and one of those replacements, Ndamukong Suh, was taken from Nebraska as number two first-round pick. As Mayer reports, in the last two years, the Lions have had “four first-round picks including Matthew Stafford (1st overall) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (20th) in 2009 and Suh (2nd) and running back Jahvid Best (30th) in 2010.”
In addition to the excellent draft, the Lions have done a good job signing free agents in defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and receiver Nate Burleson.
The Lions haven’t won on the road 20 straight times since beating the Bears in 2007, and they have a record of 3-37.
Before being injured, Matthew Stafford showed what type of talent he had at the quarterback position. The Lions, in my opinion, are ready to break out. In addition to the terrible record, I’m sure they are frustrated with losing and are going to bring their “A-game” every week.
The Bears don’t always seem to have that sense of urgency. There is always “next week” and “We will get better” and “We have to try harder.” The problem is they are better at giving excuses than winning.
Johnny Knox is one hope for the Bears. In fact, they have a very good receiving corps. However, Jay Cutler is uneven as a player.
I am not at all comfortable about Sunday’s game between the Bears and Lions as far as the Bears’ chances, even though they are 6.5-point favorites at one reputable site. I have trouble picking against the Bears, so I just won’t pick.
Chicago Bears Website, Larry Mayer, “Bears well aware that Lions are no longer a pushover”