When a team has your number, it’s easy to dislike them. That’s the case when it comes to the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. Over their last 10 matchups, the Bears have walked away victorious on nine occasions. That’s most definitely part of the reason that Calvin Johnson doesn’t have any love for the Monsters of the Midway.
This is what Megatron had to say about the Lions’ week four opponent:
“It’s easy to have a dislike for them. It’s not hard at all. They want to make the offense make a mistake, make you work your way all the way down the field, dump it off 5, 10 yards at a time. Usually an offense will make a mistake and that’s one area I think we’ve grown in.”
Of all the terms that get thrown around to describe the Bears’ defense, I think ‘ball-hawking’ is the most applicable. Chicago forces turnovers and scores defensively better than any other team in the league. Bears’ defenders aren’t just content with making tackles, they’re always trying to take it to the next level by causing a fumble. As an opposing offensive player, that has to be extremely frustrating to deal with.
But with all the history between these two teams aside, the showdown this Sunday in Detroit will be for early control of the NFC North. A Lions win would put them at 3-1 and give them the tie-breaker over the Bears. The oddsmakers have Detroit as the favorite at (-2.5).