The Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears in an early season battle for NFC North division supremacy. The Chicago Bears come into Ford field with a 3-0 record just one game ahead of the Detroit Lions (2-1). The Lions would like to win this game at home and tie the Bears for the division lead. This game is critical for both teams because winning at home is so important in the NFL because it is so difficult to win on the road.
For the Bears a win at Detroit would set them up to sweep the season series when they meet again on November 10th in Chicago. A win for the Lions would defend their home field guarantee at least a split when they visit the Bears in Solider Field. Either way it would be a win within the division and division games are critical when deciding tie breakers.
Reggie Bush is listed as probable for the Lions on Sunday. The emergence of Joique Bell will make the decision a little easier at game time. The Lions want Bush around for the long hall and if Joique can handle the load they might hold off on playing Reggie Bush until he is 100%. Either way both Bush and Bell will see plenty of carries even when both are healthy.
The first time Lions fans became very familiar with the word “process” as it relates to catching a football was against the Bears. Calvin Johnson will need to complete at least one “process” for a touchdown if the Lions hope to beat a tough bears team. Without Nate Burleson on the other wing, Megatron will be sure to see double coverage. The success of Ryan Broyles in place of the injured Nate Burleson will determine the coverage Calvin Johnson gets.
The Detroit Lions defensive line is in the spotlight again. They will need to pressure Jay Cutler to slow the Bears passing attack. Former Bear Isreal Idonije will be looking to show the bears it was a mistake to let him walk in the end of 2012.
Detroit Lions Host Chicago Bears
- Start Time: 1:00 pm
- Where: Ford Field
- TV: Fox (Fox 2 Detroit)
- Radio: 97.1 The Ticket – Dan Miller and Jim Brandstatter on the call
- Live Stream: NFL.com Live Stream