Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) completes a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions: Five Lions’ Offensive Players To Watch


When the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions take Ford Field on Sunday, two teams that are built around their respective offenses will be on display.

For the Lions, the team has one of the best offenses in the NFL. However, the Lions’ offense took a hit this past week. Lions’ wide receiver Nate Burleson, who not only leads the team in receptions but also along with Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford has the best completion percentage between quarterback and wide receiver, broke his arm in two places on Tuesday morning. Burleson is not expected to miss the remainder of the season, nonetheless, the wide receiver is out indefinitely and will miss the game against the Bears on Sunday.

But as the Lions lose one of their key offensive players, the team will see another one returning. Running back Reggie Bush, who missed the Lions’ previous game against the Washington Redskins, is expected to be active against the Bears on Sunday.

Bush is one five Lions’ offensive players that the Chicago Bears need to target on defense.

  1. RB Reggie Bush-Bush showed off his value for the Lions in the team’s first game when the running back gained 191 yards from scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bears have fared well against running backs this season, though till this point, the team has not played a running back that has the multi-dimensional features that Bush possesses.
  2. QB Matthew Stafford-Stafford is the best quarterback that the Bears have faced in their first four games this season. In fact, had it not been for Peyton Manning’s incredible start with the Denver Broncos, Stafford’s start would be widely discussed as being MVP-worthy.
  3. WR Calvin Johnson-The Bears have faltered against opposing wide receivers this season. Cincinnati Bengal AJ Green, Minnesota Viking Greg Jennings, and Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown all have had success against the Bears pass defense this season. The Lions may have lost Burleson but the team still has Calvin Johnson, you know, the best wide receiver in the NFL.
  4. RB Joique Bell-Bush may get the glory of being the Lions’ starting running back, but the Bears need to not sleep on running back Joique Bell either. This season, Bell has 119 rushing yards on 34 rushes with three touchdowns. Like Bush, Bell has proven to be multi-dimensional as the running back also has 177 receiving yards on 14 receptions.
  5. TE Tony Scheffler-Scheffler only has 2 receptions on the season, but in light of the Burleson injury, some in Detroit have speculated that the Lions may look to Scheffler to replace Burleson’s production. With that in mind, Scheffler may play a bigger role in the Lions’ offense than he has in each of the team’s first three games.

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