The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears look like they will fight with the Packers for playoff spots in the NFC. The Bears look like the class of the division, but they got rolled by Green Bay earlier this year. They have turned on the heat lately, winning comfortably two straight weeks. Meanwhile, the Lions have been much quieter. They have squeaked by in some games. They have also struggled to put up the big offensive numbers that we have come to expect out of them. So what can we expect in this Monday night clash?
The Bears are tough at home, and they are tough on Monday night. Under Lovie Smith, the Bears simply dominate people with the extra day of preparation. A couple of weeks ago, they dominated Dallas on the road on a Monday night. Now, they get to come home and play a Detroit team that has some major weaknesses. Detroit has not protected the QB well and they have not played much defense. They have just been very average in nearly every facet of the game. If they are going to win this one, they will need to be a lot sharper.
Detroit and Matt Stafford have gone through ups and downs. For a few of the weeks, Calvin Johnson has looked lost on the field. Can they fix this problem against a Bears team that figures to lock him up on the outside? Or will they go with the running game more in an attempt to control the tempo? That is the big question that you have to ask yourself in this game.
Chicago is a six point favorite coming into this one. The bookmakers think that Chicago is clearly the better team. The betting public seems to have responded, pegging Chicago with a huge public percentage going into this one. If you think that Jay Cutler can lead the Bears to another big game on offense, then you have to like Chicago here. If you lean with Stafford, then maybe you think that Detroit has a good chance to make this game more competitive than thee experts think it will be.
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