The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are set to face each other in what will be a meaningful game in the NFC North this Sunday. The winner of this game will not only be atop of the NFC North division, but have a 2-and-0 record against division opponents.
In the off-season, one of the Lions main acquisitions was running back Reggie Bush. Bush, despite not playing last Sunday in the Lions’ victory against the Washington Redskins, has added a new element to the team’s offense. Look no further than in the Lions’ opening game of the 2013 season when Bush had a total of 191 yards from scrimmage.
But make no mistake about it, the Lions are still a team that depends heavily on the passing game. Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is off to a terrific start to the season as the Lions’ passing offense is ranked 2nd in the NFL, averaging 336 passing yards per game. That figures to cause a problem for a Bears’ defense that has struggled against the pass in the team’s first three games this season.
With that said, lets take a look at the Lions’ primer for the 2013 season.
Head Coach: Jim Schwartz
Record: 2-1, second place in the NFC North
Leading Passer: Matthew Stafford | 77-of-121 passing, 1,020 passing yards, 6 touchdown passes
Leading Rusher: Joique Bell | 119 rushing yards on 34 attempts with 3 touchdowns
Leading Receiver: Calvin Johnson | 268 receiving yards on 17 receptions with 3 touchdowns
Matchup Against The Bears: The Lions matchup pretty well against the Bears. The Lions’ biggest asset on offense is the Bears biggest flaw on defense. That asset for the Lions is their passing game. The Bears have allowed big receiving games in each of their first three games this season and now the team is against the best wide receiver in the NFL. The Lions’ defense is within the middle of pack among NFL teams this season, though, that is an improvement from recent seasons. Expect the game between the Lions and Bears on Sunday to be high-scoring.