Sunday marks what could be a decisive day in the NFC North. The Chicago Bears will travel to Ford Field to play the Detroit Lions.
The winner of this game will be sitting atop of the NFC North division, not to mention, the winner will also have an undefeated record against NFC North opponents.
In anticipation of Sunday’s game, Da Windy City staff breaks down the Lions in addition to questioning how impressive the Bears undefeated record is.
1. How impressive is the Chicago Bears undefeated record to start the season?
- Dylan Burn: I think there are a couple of reasons it’s impressive and then there are a couple for why it’s not. It’s impressive because it’s under first year head coach Marc Trestman and his staff, being a new coach with a new team and starting 3-0 is an accomplishment. I also think that Jay Cutler has been impressive over the first three games of the season. On the other hand, they squeaked by the Bengals after the Bengals made some bone headed decisions and they barely got past Minnesota. It’s 3-0, but it’s not a dominant 3-0 by any means.
- Brandon Cain: It is the most impressive record in the NFC. The Bears have defeated two playoff teams from last season while the Saints and Seahawks have both had an easy win.
- Brandon Bender: As much as the Bears are 3-0, they just as well could be 1-2. Impressive or not, all I know is that the record is the most important thing, and the fact that they’re 3-0 for the second time in four seasons is an accomplishment considering all the changes they’ve had.
- Jordan Campbell: It’s impressive to the point where any winning streak during a season is impressive. But, the Bears’ 3-and-0 record is a soft record. The Bears, arguably, should have lost against the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday, the Bears needed all five takeaways from the Steelers’ offense to secure the victory. The Bears can’t keep squeaking by. Ironically, the Lions should be 3-and-0 had it not been for the Arizona Cardinals squeaking one out against them.
2. Are the Detroit Lions ready to take the next step and not only compete in the NFC North division but win it?
- Dylan Burn: I think with the addition of Reggie Bush they are taking steps toward that goal. He gives them another play maker and he’s great out of the backfield catching passes. As far as ready to win it goes, I still think the Bears and Packers are the clear-cut better teams in this division. I believe they have better coaching staffs and their teams are more well-rounded as opposed to the Lions.
- Brandon Cain: Yes, adding Reggie Bush to the Lions backfield made them contenders for the NFC North crowd. Now they just need their team to be discipline and have pizza delivered.
- Brandon Bender: The NFC North is usually the Packers’ division, but they’ve been uncharacteristically vulnerable thus far in 2013. The Lions have certainly improved in recent years, but I don’t see them overtaking the Pack (or anybody else) until they can prove otherwise.
- Jordan Campbell: As long as Jim Schwartz is the Lions’ head coach, the team is never going to win the NFC North. The problem with the Lions has never been talent. The Lions are an incredibly talented football team. The problem is that Schwartz gives the Lions a “bar-brawler” mentality that constantly shoots the team in the foot.
3. Is it too early to call Sunday’s game between the Bears and Lions a “must-win” game for both teams?
- Dylan Burn: I wouldn’t call this a “must win” for either team. I believe it is too early in the season and with both of these teams having winning records at this point, it’s not a must win for either squad.
- Brandon Cain: Yes, as the season winds down we may look back at this game as a tie breaker though.
- Brandon Bender:No. A Lions win would leave both teams at 3-1, and they play again at Soldier Field in Week 10. That game will have more implications than this one.
- Jordan Campbell: Are you kidding me? This game is undoubtedly a must win game for both teams because of the mere fact that one of these two teams will leave Ford Field on Sunday with an undefeated record against the NFC North division. Not to mention with the Green Bay Packers on a bye week, neither team can afford to miss this opportunity.