Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Monday Night Football Preview by Bad Baby

Well here we are on another Monday evening with a NFC Central match-up between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.  Entering tonight’s game the Lions led by QB Matthew Stafford are 4-0 and the Bears led by Jay Cutler are 2-2. If the Lions are the legitimate playoff contender that I believe they are, an unbeaten Lions team at 10-0 could be facing an also unbeaten Green Bay Packers team led by QB Aaron Rodgers on Thursday November 24th, 2011. I am giddy thinking about that possibility but lets not jump too far ahead of ourselves, and look at tonight’s game first.

I see no reason Detroit loses this game, they outrank Chicago in almost every statistical column. Chicago’s key to victory last week was letting Jay Cutler do as little as possible as he threw for only 102 yards and was 9-17 passing with a pick and no touchdowns. That is just absolutely torrid, but when you look at Matt Forte’s line from last week with 25 attempts, 205 yards and a touchdown, you can understand where the offense was centered. Detroit will key on Forte tonight and force Cutler to throw the ball.(This will result in me clapping like a toddler and giggling whenever he throws a pick because Cutler is terrible) Stephen Tulloch will be an integral part of Detroit’s defense along with Ndamukong Suh. I believe Detroit blitzes early and often tonight to get into Cutler’s fine china-like brain and shatter his concentration to pieces. I sometimes wonder if the hamsters in his brain turning his wheels only have three legs.

The thing I want to watch tonight is to see if the Lions can get it going on the first drive. Playing at home should be of some help, but Stafford has not looked good in the first half in his previous games.  The Lions have a talented receiving core with Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew has yet to find the endzone this season, but I believe he snaps that streak tonight because Johnson will be seeing many double coverage looks. I would like to see the Lions keep Chicago’s defense off base by using Burleson and Young early in screen passes. This should keep Chicago’s defense honest and allow Jahvid Best to have some room to run to keep the clock ticking.

My prediction for tonight’s game: Detroit 31, Chicago 17