The Chicago Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday will be one of the most important games to be played in the NFL this weekend.
The winner of this game between the Bears and Lions will not only sit atop of the NFC North division, but also have an undefeated record of 2-0 within the division.
The Bears and Lions rivalry is one that has been growing over the past couple of seasons. That much was given after Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson said earlier this week that it is easy to dislike the Bears.
Perhaps the reason why Johnson is not fond of the Bears is because the wide receiver typically struggles against the Lions’ divisional opponent. The reason why Johnson struggles is because of Bears’ pro-bowl quarterback Charles Tillman.
That makes Tillman one of the Bears’ keys to victory against the Lions.
- Will Charles Tillman Play?- Whether or not Charles Tillman plays against the Detroit Lions on Sunday may be what determines whether or not the Bears are victorious. One of the reasons why the Bears have been so successful against the Lions in recent seasons is because of Tillman’s ability to defend Johnson. Tillman, however, is listed as questionable while dealing with a knee injury.
- Jay Cutler’s Detroit Dominance-Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has shredded the Lions when the teams have played in Detroit. Cutler’s success on Sunday likely will play a factor in the game. The Lions’ pass defense has been middle of the pack this season and likely can be exposed by Cutler. Cutler is off to an excellent start to the season and that should continue on Sunday against the Lions.
- Keep Suh Away From Cutler-The Chicago Bears offensive line, particularly right guard Kyle Long, will be tasked with keeping Lions’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh away from Cutler. Suh is a dirty player, nothing is going to change that. If Suh has the opportunity to get to Cutler the Lions’ defensive tackle will be looking to take the Bears’ quarterback out of the game.
- Establish The Running game- One of the reasons why the Chicago Bears needed all five of their takeaways from the Pittsburgh Steelers to secure their victory is because the team struggled to establish the run in the second half of last Sunday’s game. That struggle led to an overall struggle for the Bears’ offense and when that almost let their lead against the Steelers slip away. Safe to say, the Bears need to establish the running game against the Lions.
- Force Reggie Bush Inside-The Lions are a passing offense, if given the opportunity, the Lions would pass for the entire game. That being said, running back Reggie Bush was a excellent addition for the team in the off-season. For the Bears’ defense, the unit must contain Bush inside as the running back is one of most explosive players in the NFL when he gets outside.