click Chicago Bears Game Preview: 2013 Regular Season Week 10 – vs Detroit Lions – Sunday 10th November @ 12:00 CT / 18:00 GMT

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click here What a difference a week makes. We can now put the bye week from hell, which was thanks to a monstrosity of a defensive meltdown in Washington which resulted in the loss of the center pieces of both the offense and the defense, plus the pre game tension from what was an impending and usually fruitless visit to Green Bay, behind us. After some kind of strange and wonderful miracle at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears (5-3) are somehow one more win away from regaining sole possession of the first place in the NFC North, a position that is currently shared between three teams (Lions, Packers and Bears) that all sit at 2-1 in divisional games. And this is the same division lead that they lost in their last game with the Detroit Lions (5-3), way back on the last weekend in September.

one piece rencontre barbe blanche shanks During the last Beardown game preview between these two teams we got greatly carried away about the Bears’ 3-0 start, their early two game advantage over the Packers, and yet were rudely brought down to earth with a bump in Detroit. Well this week the optimism is once again in full flow, albeit tempered by some team shortcomings that are still evident, but once again the Bears are buoyed by the possibility that their luck might be changing. Or, maybe at least compared to that of Green Bay’s. mcclellin sacks rodgers It’s week 10, and while Aaron Rodgers is out (take a bow, Shea McClellin) for the Pack, the signs are that the Bears own injury plagued franchise QB, Jay Cutler, could be back for round two with his nemesis in Honolulu Blue and Silver, DT Ndamukong Suh. So what are the chances of the Cutler and the Bears emerging from this one unscathed and with the W that would take them back to being in control of the division? We’re going to try to figure it out as we head into the latest installment of the 2013 season of the Beardown Chicago Bears Game Previews.

busco mujer soltera en cartagena Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions Regular Season History Sunday’s contest will be the 168th meeting between the two franchises, with the Chicago Bears holding a healthy advantage in the series, 96-66-5. Those 96 wins are the most that they have against any opponent. And as for the match ups at home it’s 54-24-4 in favour of Chicago. And while the 187 times that the Bears have faced the Packers are a record between any two franchises, it’s the rivalry with the Lions that is second overall in Bears history.

czy warto inwestować w opcje binarne But while the Bears have enjoyed a relatively healthy run of success against the Detroit Lions, it’s worth mentioning that there possibly wouldn’t be a Lions team if it wasn’t for the Green Bay Packers. While Bears founding father George Halas bailed out the Packers when times were tough, Green Bay did their bit for Halas’ W-L record by sponsoring the first incarnation of the Lions, the Portsmouth Spartans, in their inaugural season back in 1930.

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marathi matchmaking drik The Spartans weren’t always a push over, tying with the Bears at the top of the standings on W-L percentage after a late season collapse by Green Bay (yay!) in the 1932 season, resulting in the first post season playoff to determine an NFL Champion. After freezing temperatures forced the game to be relocated from the Windy City’s Wrigley Field to the covered confines of Chicago Stadium, the Bears triumphed on the 80 yard field, 9-0, with none of the points coming until the final quarter.

As we pointed out in the last Bears vs Lions preview, the important and most relevant stat is that this series has been swept in 8 of the last 9 seasons. So if the Bears want post season ball then they are going to have to break that streak, as it was the Lions that triumphed in the first matchup of the season, 40-32 at Ford Field.

Last Time Out

For the time being at least we are going to put on ice the ugly defeat in Detroit and look further back at the last time that these two teams faced off at Soldier Field, which resulted a much tighter affair than the high scoring shootout in Week 4. Back on a Monday Night Football in October 2012, the Bears edged a low scoring contest in chicago, 13-7, with the stories of the game being the four takeaways that the Bears generated to nullify the offensive threats of the Lions, plus a Ndamukong Suh sack on Jay Cutler that resulted in the Bears quarterback missing a play, coming back for one more snap before missing the last drive of the first half while he was being assessed in the locker room. Despite suffering bruised ribs, Cutler was able to return for the second half, but overall his production suffered, connecting on just 16 of 31 passes for just 150 yards, while he was sacked four more times during the game.

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But while a bruised and battered Cutler was failing to rack up the yards through the air, the Bears offense was being carried by it’s running game. Running back Matt Forte ran for 96 yards on 22 carries, while the running game as a whole contributed 21 more yards than the passing game, plus played turnover free ball. Even Cutler got in on the act, scrambling three times for 34 yards before the likes of Suh could do further damage.

But the key in this one was the way that the defense stepped up deep in their own red zone, including a second takeaway that came on the Bears’ one yard line, with Bears’ DT Henry Melton dislodging the ball as the Lions back, Joique Bell, reached out to try to break the plane of the goal. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was able to scoop up the loose ball and bring it back four yards, sparing the offense from starting in immediate risk of a safety.

Another of the turnovers that the Bears generated was just as clutch, with the Bears snuffing out the Lions on three attempts just three yards from paydirt. And on the key fourth down attempt, Melton produced another impact play by applying the pressure on Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford to force a sideline interception by the now former Bears nickel back D.J.Moore.

Lions Who Were Bears

The big story in the first matchup of this regular season was the prospect of seeing former Bears, and current Lions, defensive lineman Israel Idonije square off against his former team for the first time in his career. In the last meeting in 2012 of these two teams Idonije recorded one of his 7.5 sacks for the season, stripping the ball from Stafford and gifting Bears DE Julius Peppers a fumble recovery within the Lions 10 yard line.

But, much like for his former colleagues, this season has been largely one to forget for the big Manitoban. The difference is that his former teammates appear to have emerged from their slump (more on that later), while Izzy is still waiting for that breakout game (5 tackles and 0 sacks). But this is football and stranger things have happened.

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Bears Who Were Lions

As we said last time, there are two former Lions on the Bears payroll. First up is backup offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who was drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) by the Lions in 2006. Scott appeared in 20 games over two seasons for Detroit, starting six times, hitting the free agent market and enjoying increased success with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers before helping the Bears out of a Gabe Carimi shaped hole in 2012.

But in terms of the former Lions, all eyes should once again be on our new Head Coach, who has emerged from the trip to Wisconsin with fresh credit for his ballsy play calling on a crucial 4th down, for his play design and for his ability to coach the best out of his backup QB, Josh McCown, with the coaching and development of backup QB’s not something that his predecessors ever flourished with.

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Marc Trestman served as quarterbacks coach on the 1997 Lions staff, helping Scott Mitchell record his second playoff appearance with Detroit by totalling almost 3,500 passing yards, good for second overall in the franchise history books at the time. Even after the investment of top two picks in QB Matthew Stafford (1st overall in 2009) and Calvin Johnson (2nd overall in 2007), Mitchell’s yardage under the watch of Trestman is still good for sixth overall for the franchise.

Bears/Lions Connections

Still on the subject of the coaching staff, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who rightly decided that last week was the right time to abandon the coaching booth and return to the sidelines, Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego and their tight ends coach Bobby Johnson were all in identical roles last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but with Tucker also holding the title of assistant head coach for Jacksonville.

Last time we mentioned Jay Cutler’s and Brandon Marshall’s fellow 2006 draft pick, taken one round after the QB was taken 13th overall, tight end Tony Scheffler. But since the September matchup the former second rounder has been cut loose, has failed to make the most of a trial in Chicago that could have reunited him with his former Broncos draft class members, and is still waiting for someone to pick him up.


Back on Marshall, he will be joined on the Soldier Field turf by another player with big play potential from his short stay with the Miami Dolphins, 2006 second overall pick, RB Reggie Bush. While Bush has delivered much more with the Lions than he did with the Dolphins, including gashing the Bears for 139 yards on 18 carries in Week 4, he won’t be doing it with the benefit of the quality of offensive line that he had in his days with the team that drafted him, the New Orleans Saints, including his one time left tackle and now the current protector of Cutler’s blindside, Jermon Bushrod.

Bears/Lions Plotlines & Keys to the Game

Four Quarters

Bears Number 1 White

Black and Blue Division. Starting with the good news first, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman managed a welcome full game against Green Bay, having spent the best part of the last month in and out of the lineup and not always able to practice. Now is the time for Peanut to be healthy, with his arch rival, Lions franchise wide receiver, Calvin Johnson coming into town. In last season’s matchup Tillman held Megatron to just 34 yards on three receptions. And as for last time out, Tillman managed to limit Johnson to just four catches on ten targets, and for just 44 yards. Johnson did manage to get on the scoresheet however, but that was on a 2 yard touchdown catch. Tillman is going to need all of his physical tools in this one, as Johnson is coming into this one off the back of an unbelievable pre bye week performance of 14 receptions on 16 targets for 329 yards.

So having Tillman healthy, while defensive captain linebacker Lance Briggs continues to be out hurt, is huge. Less impressive is the news that defensive end Shea McClellin has tweaked his hamstring in 1:1 drills and is now listed as doubtful. Trestman has said that he expects Cheta Ozougwu and David Bass to step up if required, so still no progress from sixth round pick Cornelius Washington, whose big frame and athletic ability has so far failed to make any impact on the Bears’ fragile pass rush.

Chicago Bears Patrick Mannelly celebrates the field goal against the Detroit Lions by kicker Robbie Gould during the second half of their NFL football game in Detroit,

Another big blow for the Bears comes on special teams, with veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly unable to go due to a calf injury, with specialist Jeremy Cain signed back to the roster to attempt to fill the void. Here’s hoping that he is ready to go and to make a name for himself, albeit a positive one as one sailing long snap could do a hell of a lot of damage in what could be a close one. Interesting and not altogether promising stat from Zach Zaidman, when Mannelly missed six games in 2011, the Bears lost five of them. Ugh.

As for the Lions, after a bye week following a hard fought 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, players who haven’t participated in practice during this week include first round rookie defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), defensive backs Bill Bentley and Louis Delmas (both knee), tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) and linebacker Travis Lewis (ankle), but this big injury news in this one is the fact that Bears QB Jay Cutler has been declared good to go, two weeks ahead of the initial four week prognosis. So especially sweet now we know that Aaron Rodgers could be out for a month. Shoe is on the other foot now. Karma.

Bears Number 2 White

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While we are on Cutler, this matchup in recent years has definitely been a tale of two quarterbacks. While the Lions have been a team that Cutler seemed to enjoy some of his more consistent success against, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was enjoying the rivalry less so. But last time out that started to change. After promising performances in the Bears’ 3-0 start, Cutler seemed to be bothered by the pressure from the Lions as if from the off, suffering three picks and also coughing the ball up once more on a Suh sack and strip on the way to being sacked three times. Stafford also turned the ball over (once on two fumbles of his own), but managed to keep the picks down to just one while he amassed an improved 242 yards on 23/35 passing for 1 TD and a 83.3 rating. But while Cutler was able to total up over 300 yards through the air in Detroit, much of that yardage was after the damage had already been done after he failed to protect the football as well as he had the previous few weeks. And we’ve already mentioned Calvin Johnson’s huge production vs the Cowboys, which would indicate that both he and his quarterback (33/48 for 488 yards, taking him to third overall for passing yards) are coming into this one with a hot streak. So here’s hoping the bye has cooled it somewhat, because otherwise the Bears defense could be there for the taking if the Lions can handle the conditions within Soldier Field.

Bears Number 3 White

Last time out we mentioned that it was the first time in far too long that the Bears had the kind of big, nasty maulers at guard that could contain the rampant destruction that Suh and his fellow first round defensive tackle Nick Fairley are capable of. To Long and Slauson’s credit, three weeks into the season and all aspects of the offensive line play had improved, including a reduction of penalties and also giving Cutler the ability to step up into the pocket and make plays with his feet when the edge pressure had been too much. The ability of Long, Slauson and veteran center Roberto Garza to keep opening holes and maintain the strength of the pocket up front were supposed to be key in that matchup, and they were, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

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Looking just at Long, he got schooled all to often by the Lions’ big nasty, contributing towards the two hurries, two sacks and a forced fumble that the former Nebraska Cornhusker inflicted on Cutler. Definitely a rough outing for the Bears’ first round pick, but definitely a key learning experience. And as for last week against the likes of B.J. Raji, a much more composed and dominant performance that will hopefully stand him in good stead heading into this one.

Bears Number 4 White

So to the other side of the trenches and from a game vs Green Bay in which Peppers had possibly his game of his season, with a sack and an acrobatic interception off his own tip of a pass, and in which Shea McClellin had possibly the game of his career (3.0 sacks, the much loved takedown of Aaron Rodgers that took him out of the next few weeks of the division race, and the award for NFC defensive player of the week), we now head into a game where Peppers might just need to surpass last weekend and make THIS one his game of the season, especially as new signing, former Pro Bowl Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is unlikely to make his debut despite increased activity in practice.

Like hell you are

Like hell you are

So the play of the remaining top end of the depleted defensive line depth chart, Peppers, Stephen Paea and Corey Wootton (and, wow, did you see the burst through the double team on his key sack on the final drive?) will be paramount in keeping the heat and pressure off the developing and still raw rookies in the Bears linebacking corps, Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene while they try to contain Lions running back Reggie Bush better than the Bears did last time, and better than they did the Packers candidate for offensive rookie of the year, Eddie Lacy.

But really, the final words in this one are for the Bears feature back, Matt Forte, who recorded his 16th 100 yard rushing game last week (125 yards on 24 carries). In those 16 games the Bears have lost only once, so if rookie guard Kyle Long can get a more consistent game in his second crack at the Lions’ Suh, and his offensive line colleagues build on a strong performance in Green Bay against a dangerous front line for Detroit, maybe that division lead could be in reach. And if Forte does shine for the second straight week, well then he will easily achieve the 24 yards required to break the 1,000 yards from scrimmage barrier (658 rushing and 316 receiving) on his way to chewing through the 304 total yards needed to put him into second place in franchise history, ahead of Neal Anderson, behind the great Walter Payton.

And with a quarterback hopefully easing himself back into action and staying out of trouble, a vintage Matt Forte performance could be just what the doctor ordered.

Oh, and PS I lied, the final words belong for Josh McCown, who played six quarters of turnover free ball over two games and steered the Bears to a memorable win at the Packers while Cutler was out injured, a first road win in Wisconsin in far too long, thank you.

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Fast approaching 30 years as a Bears fan, oh man does that make me feel old. With only one Superbowl win to show for it, oh man does that make me feel depressed. But Lovie says this is the most talented roster he's had, oh man does that make me feel... like deja vu? Anyway, Go Bears!!!

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