The Chicago Bears face off against the Detroit Lions Monday night, where no doubt if QB Jay Cutler so much as picks his nose, you better believe analysts’ will use it to break down his leadership qualities for the next week or so.
After finally cutting the cord of yet another Jerry Angelo first round bust in OT Chris Williams, a fair amount of attention will fall on struggling RT Gabe Carimi, Angelo’s only remaining first round pick left on the Bears’ roster.
Carimi in five games to date this season has allowed 24 QB hurries, the highest of any RT in the league. However Carimi also ranks number one in run blocking for all RT in the NFL so it isn’t all bad for the beleaguered first year tackle.
This stat could actually bode well for Carimi as one of the keys to winning this game will be the Bears ability to utilise the one-two running back tandem of Michael Bush and Matt Forte.
As with every game between these two teams Charles Tillman and Calvin Johnson will resume what is fast becoming one of the most interesting battles in football.
Last season Tillman had Johnson in his back pocket from start to finish at soldier field, which caused all kinds of problems for QB Matt Stafford who look confused about where to go with the football.
The Front four of the Bears this season has caused absolute havoc in the backfield. A result of the pressure that the Bears defensive line is getting has been a huge increase in the number of turnovers (17) that the Bears have created through five games, as well as taking 5 of these back to the house.
It is not all good news in Chicago however. In week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR Alshon Jeffrey fractured a bone in his hand on a touchdown pass from Cutler. As a result newly returned Earl Bennett and Devin Hester will have to step up their respective games in order for the Bears to move the chains.
On the subject of Hester, the Windy City Flyer has promised that he feels close to breaking one on a kickoff or punt return. Coming up against the Lions Special Teams, one of the worst in the NFL, it could mean a huge day for Hester.
All in all, I really don’t see how the Lions can win this one, having looked mediocre at best this season. It will take a monumental break down on offense similar to what we saw against the Green Bay Packers in week 2 for the Bears to not progress to a 5-1 record.
Even if the Bears do win don’t expect them to get universal recognition as a superbowl worthy team. The usual lame excuses such as they still haven’t faced an above .500 team will be rolled out yet again.
I don’t see any result other than a Bears win. Call me a meathead but I think the Bears will win big against an undisciplined and frankly mediocre Lions unit that is desperate need of a leadership change, Jim Schwartz is not good for this franchise in my opinion.
My scoreline prediction: Chicago Bears 42 – 17 Detroit Lions