Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) walks off the field after the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Lions won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions: What We Learned From The Lions Previous Game


The Detroit Lions defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday to improve their record to 2-and-1.

The Lions and Chicago Bears now face each other in what will be a meaningful game for the NFC North division on Sunday.

For the Lions, here is what was learned from their previous game.

Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) hurdles over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) and running back Mikel Leshoure (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Can The Lions Withstand The Injuries ?-The Lions were without running back Reggie Bush on Sunday but that was not a problem as quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson on several occasions. Bush may miss the game against the Bears, but Burleson will definitely not be on the field for the Lions on Sunday. Burleson broke his arm in a car accident early Tuesday morning and requires surgery. The completion percentage between Stafford and Burleson the highest of any quarterback-wide receiver combination.
  2. Matthew Stafford With Early Success-Stafford may not be discussed as often as he should be considering he shares a division with Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers, but the Lions’ quarterback is off to a terrific start to the season. Stafford has already passed for over 1,000 yards this season in the Lions’ first three games to go along with 6 touchdowns. Stafford could be in for another successful outing against a Bears’ defense that has struggled against pass.
  3. Reggie Bush factor-Lions running back Reggie Bush has insisted that he is going to play on Sunday against the Bears, and if he does, that may present a significant concern for the Bears’ defense. Bush did not play against the Redskins, but the running back recorded 191 yards from scrimmage in the team’s first game this season. The Bears have been stout against the run this season, but the team has not faced a running back that is a multi-dimensional threat like Bush.
  4. Lions’ Defense Is Improved But Vulnerable-There is no question that the Detroit Lions defense is improved from recent seasons. But their defense remains vulnerable. After three games this season, the Lions’ defense is 18th overall in terms of passing yards per game (262.0) and 15th overall in terms of rushing yards per game (104.0). The key for the Lions is their defensive line, and that will be the focus for the Bears this week.

Tags: Calvin Johnson Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Featured Matthew Stafford Nate Burleson Popular Reggie Bush