TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: Low 72, High 57
Line: Detroit (-2.5)
Heading into week four, the Chicago Bears are 3-0 and in first place of the NFC North. Jay Cutler is having a tremendous start to the 2013 season despite pedestrian numbers on offense. He has passed for 693 yards and six touchdowns while connecting with Brandon Marshall 20 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Those two can be one of the best combinations in the NFL before the season is over and if both guys can stay healthy. Matt Forte has been solid in the run and receiving game, rushing for 225 yards and two scores while catching 18 passes for 138 yards. If he can continue to run the ball well and catch passes out of the backfield, this team will continue to see success.
With relatively low expectations for the first time since 2010, the Detroit Lions weren’t expected to do much in 2013 — actually, many experts predicted they would finish last in the division. Although they are just three games in, the Lions have a 2-1 record and will be battling the Bears for a tie of first place in the division this week. Not many people give this team much credit, but in actuality, they have one of the best offenses in the league. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson is the best connection in the NFL right now as Stafford has hit Johnson 17 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns — and that’s not even the best they can do. Losing Nate Burelson from the receiving game with a broken arm will be a tough one for this team to recover from, but getting Reggie Bush back will help both the pass and run game in week four.
On defense, the Lions have improved from a season ago in the secondary, ranking 18th in the league with 262 passing yards allowed per game. They are in the middle-of-the-pack in almost every defensive category and nothing sticks out as impressive or mediocre. On the other side of things, the Bears rank toward the bottom of the league in yards allowed per game with 383 — with the most yards coming from the pass. This is good news for the Lions’ pass-happy attack.
PREDICTION: Bears 23, Lions 30