Detroit Lions Travel to Windy City to Meet Perennial Foe Chicago Bears
Monday, October 22, 2012
by Aengus Moorehead
Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards last year. Jay Cutler just threw a tantrum. The former has not been himself lately although he recovered nicely last week against the Eagles. The latter has been a menace off and on the field and is still regarded as a bewildering minded lad but the man has delivered the goods so far for the Bears.
The last time Chicago was on the field back on Oct. 7 in Jacksonville, Jay Cutler had two touchdown passes and the Bears defense returned a pair of interceptions into the end zone as Chicago crushed the Jags.
Cutler went 23-for-39 with 292 yards and an interception, while Brandon Marshall had 12 catches for 144 yards and a score for the Bears, who have won their past three games. Matt Forte finished the game with 107 yards on 22 carries and also had two catches for 20 yards.
The problem for Detroit is that it lacks a competent running game so moving the ball through the air is paramount for this team to have a chance.
The Bears' defense which allows an NFL-low 14.2 points per game, has returned an interception for a touchdown in each of its past three games and star linebacker Lance Briggs, along with cornerback Charles Tillman are the first set of teammates in NFL history to each have a pick-six in consecutive contests.
The Bears are an impressive 8-2 on Monday night under Lovie Smith and have outscored Detroit by over 14 points per game during a four-game home winning streak in the series.
My Take: Chicago has all the arsenal to dominate this game especially at home but Stafford is too gifted to let the Bears impose their will. Lions cover.
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