enter agence de rencontre westmount Chicago Bears Game Preview: 2013 Regular Season Week 4 - at Detroit Lions - Sunday 29th September @ 12:00 CT / 18:00 GMT

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http://serezin-du-rhone.fr/pifpaxys/3923 It’s Week 4, and it gives Beardown UK great pleasure to present a preview of the game between the top two teams in the NFC North, without the green and yellow scourge from Wisconsin and Clay Matthews and his soft, flowing locks, in the lineup. Oh yes, the Green Bay Packers (1-2) and the Minnesota Vikings (0-3) currently sit beneath the second placed Detroit Lions (2-1), who entertain the division leading and unbeaten Chicago Bears (3-0).

go to site Just one more time for effect, the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers have a losing record while Jay Cutler’s Chicago Bears are unbeaten. Freakin’ beautiful.

http://hivtestkit.ph/?melisa=club-de-rencontre-dans-le-58&05f=97 But it’s not all sweetness and light for the Bears, there are still plenty of areas to work on if they are to keep new Head Coach Marc Trestman’s winning streak going. The Lions present a stiffer test than the Pittsburgh Steelers brought to the party in Week 3, plus there is a giant boogeyman in Honolulu Blue waiting to burst out of the Ford Field catacombs ready to give his favourite victim, the now resurgent Cutler, some waking nightmares.

http://azortin.pl/?rtysa=opcje-binarne-xm&18f=82 So what are the chances of the Bears coming out of Detroit with a 4-0 record? We’re going to try and figure it out as we head into the fourth installment of the 2013 season of the Beardown Chicago Bears Game Previews.

click Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions Regular Season History

click here Sunday’s contest will be the 167th meeting between the two franchises, with the Chicago Bears holding a healthy advantage in the series, 96-55-5. Those 96 wins are the most that they have against any opponent. And as for the match ups on the road it’s the same story, with the Bears’ 42 wins being the most away wins against any single team.

charlotte dating in the dark 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.

http://qhublogistics.net/?ploskis=sites-de-rencontres-en-alsace&30e=8c 1932 championship

http://caboclonharaue.com/?kreosan=alpari-op%C3%A7%C3%B5es-binarias&c5b=61 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.

If you want to bring the rivalry kicking and screaming into the new 21st century, then it’s important to point out that the Bears hold the edge since the series moved to Ford Field in 2002, and that’s despite the Lions winning the first three in their new stadium. From 2005 onwards the Bears won 6 out of the next 7 to earn a 6-5 Ford Field edge.

It’s also important to point out that this series has been swept in 8 of the last 9 seasons. So if the Bears want post season ball then this will be a statement game, especially if they want to break that streak.

Last Time Out

In the 2012 season the Bears sweep over the Lions was not a dominant one. In an echo of last week’s game, despite creating 4 turnovers and holding an early 20-3 lead, the Bears allowed the Lions back into the game. But unlike the Steelers game, the Bears weren’t able to kill the comeback and pad the box score with a couple of late touchdowns. In the late December game they only just held on, emerging victorious by a reduced margin of 26-24.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford chases the ball after a fumble and before Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers recovers the ball during the first half of their NFL football game in Detroit,

One of the main reasons that the Bears couldn’t kill the Lions off was their failure to capitalise on the turnovers that they created. Despite getting the ball deep in Detroit territory on each occasion, the anemic offense of Mike Tice failed to make an impact in the red zone, instead having to settle for three points on each of those gift wrapped drives. The other part of the equation was that the Bears defense struggled to get Stafford off the field by any means other than turnovers, surrendering three scoring drives of greater than 80 yards, with each of those drives ending in touchdown passes by the former first overall pick.

In response to Stafford’s efforts, it was a productive if not headline grabbing performance from Bears QB Jay Cutler, with 18 of 31 passing for 257 yards, one touchdown with zero interceptions, and a 95.8 passer rating. But it wasn’t just with his legs that Cutler was able to make plays, with a 19 yard scramble on third down late in the game helping the Bears kill enough clock to hold on for the win.

cutler scramble

Lions who were Bears

The big story in this one is 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 of these two teams Idonije recorded one of his 7.5 sacks for the 2012 season, stripping the ball from Stafford and gifting Bears DE Julius Peppers a fumble recovery within the Lions 10 yard line.

 Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Manitoba, Idonije spent nine productive seasons with the Bears from 2004 to 2012, amassing 262 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 36 special teams tackles and eight blocked kicks. It wasn’t just on the field that Idonije made an impact, becoming a fan favourite and multiple award winner, including the Ed Block Courage (2009) and Walter Payton Man of the Year (2009 & 2010) Awards.

Izzy was always going to be a big loss for the Bears, especially with his ability to line up inside and out plus his knack for the big play, even more so now that the franchise tagged starting three technique tackle, Henry Melton, is done for the season after an ACL tear in Pittsburgh. While Melton hadn’t yet got his season rolling (5 tackles, zero sacks), and for that matter neither has Idonije (3 tackles, zero sacks) it could be this week that Bears GM Phil Emery is reminded that Idonije was one veteran and locker room leader that might have been persuaded to stick around for one more year.

Bears who were Lions

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.


Last but not least is our new Head Coach. 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

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are about to be reunited with their tight end from their six thousand yard offense in Denver, Tony Scheffler. For two of Cutler’s seasons as a Bronco he and Scheffler, who were picked 1-2 in 2006, combined for an impressive 89 passes for 1,194 yards and 8 TD. And then came the Black Unicorn. Expect the unexpected, but those stats with Scheffler could be blown out of the water. Hopefully.

cutler and scheffler

Back on Marshall, he will be joined on Ford Field 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 made a better early impression with the Lions than he did with the Dolphins, 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

Lucky(?) Seven

Bears Number 1 White

While Cutler faced a dangerous front seven in the season opener in Cincinnati, including DT Geno Atkins, and emerged victorious and unscathed, it’s unlikely that he had Week 4 and the Lions circled on his calendar with much fondness. For this week the Bears franchise passer once again risks life and limb against the unholy abomination that is Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Unfortunately for the Bears, when the Lions had yet another top two pick they didn’t have a repeat of the Matt Millen brain farts and wasted no time in selecting the multiple award winning man mountain from Nebraska. In the meantime he is the one that has wasted no time, racking up the cheap shots and heavy hits on Cutler and opponents around the league. But, up until now, the Bears haven’t had their own man mountain to counter him with.

Step forward Kyle Long, son of Howie and Oregon.

kyle long vs raiders

With limited college experience and a lofty draft selection based more on measurables and potential, this week could yet end in tears against what is a dangerous Lions defensive line. But, along with free agent acquisition Matt Slauson, this is the first time in far too long that the Bears have 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 have 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 has 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 will be key in this match up.

Bears Number 2 White

This time last week we were wondering if the Steelers would have any receiving firepower if TE Heath Miller was still out. Well despite his return the Bears secondary still got torched by a relatively unheralded 5’10″ receiver in Antonio Brown, who racked up what would have been a devastating 9 receptions for 196 yards and 2 TD’s if it wasn’t for the five turnovers the rest of the Steelers’ offense coughed up.

tillman johnson

Well this week we are going to need one hell of a rebound game against the best receiver in the game, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. While Bears cornerback Charles Tillman managed to keep Johnson out of the record books last season, with two strong showings against Megatron that cemented a second Pro Bowl berth for the Bears legend, with Peanut missing both game and practice time in the last few days it’s a tough ask to expect him to continue to shut down the Lions playmaker.

The good news for the Bears secondary, but not such good news for the Lions of the player himself, is that Stafford’s #2 option, WR Nate Burleson (19 for 238 yards), is out for the season after breaking his arm in a late night pizza related car crash. At two in the morning, and apparently not under the influence of anything other than the munchies, Burleson dropped a slice in his car and lost control while trying to prevent it from falling, possibly topping side down. Would a Chicago Deep Dish have been a more stable option?

It's at times like these that I wish I could photoshop a traffic cone on top of a pizza

It’s at times like these that I wish I could photoshop a traffic cone on top of a pizza

Bears Number 3 White

As a result of wondering how Peanut and co can contain Megatron, we’re back onto a familiar topic, the pass rush. Three games in and the Bears have registered five sacks, but three of those coming from their linebacking corps when a four man rush just wasn’t enough.

The bad news is that only three Bears defensive linemen have registered QB takedowns this season (Corey Wootton 1.0, Shea McClellin 0.5, Stephen Paea 0.5), but the good news is that there were several instances of close calls for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, with the likes of Shea McClellin and Stephen Paea just whiskers away from upping the sack count. While he was able to rack up some deep yardage via Antonio Brown, it’s not as if he was able to do it with the amount of time in the pocket that the Bears DL awarded to Bengals QB Andy Dalton in Week 1.

peppers vs lions 2012

Last week Bears DE Julius Peppers was able to get on the score sheet for the first time as a Chicago Bear, returning a Lance Briggs forced fumble for a touchdown. With zero sacks and nowhere near enough QB pressures so far this season, we’ve got to hope that Peppers’ touchdown is a sign of good things to come from the face of the Bears DL. After continuing to draw a blank against Vikings first rounder Matt Kalil, this week Pep is up against one of the next best tackle prospects from the 2012 NFL Draft, Riley Reiff. This is Reiff’s first season as starting left tackle, and it might be now or never for the high profile pass rusher to school a highly touted young upstart and re-engage his efforts to add to his 111.5 career sacks, which leave him in third overall since 2002 behind Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware (115) and Minnesota Viking Jared Allen (118).

The good news for Peppers is that he is facing a franchise that he has had considerable success against over his career. In ten games against the Lions he averages better than one sack per game (11.0), with a forced fumble every other game plus two fumble recoveries. If the Bears are going to improve on the performance of their pass defense which was battered by Ben Roethlisberger, then they are going to need Peppers to revert back to the form that has done the Lions so much damage.

Bears Number 4 White

In a repeat of last week, we are back on running back Matt Forte. #22 had a solid day in Week 3, registering 5.4 ypc on 16 carries for 87 yards and 1 TD, albeit with 55 of those yards coming on a single play when guard Kyle Long and tackle Jordan Mills opened a hole big enough for Martellus Bennett’s sense of humour. Forte has had a good run against the Lions this far in his career, posting another healthy ypc (4.8) off the back of 877 yards in ten contests. Forte is averaging a TD every two games against the Lions, with his last score coming in the December 2012 match up back at Ford Field.

forte vs lions

The yardage that Forte was able to gain against the Steelers was good enough to take him over the 8,000 scrimmage yard barrier (8,015), making him only the third Bear in franchise history to break that mark behind fellow running backs Neal Anderson (8,929) and Walter Payton (21,264). This gives Forte an average over his 78 career games of 102.8 scrimmage yards per game, making him only the second Bear in history to have an average over the century mark, behind only Walter Payton (111.9 yards in 190 appearances).

Forte has yet to break the 100 yard rushing barrier three games into the season, although he is averaging exactly 121 all purpose yards per game. If the Bears can get an early lead, or at least stay keep it close for much of the game, could this be the week that Forte really lets loose on the ground?

Bears Number 5 White

At five we’re onto the Bears’ last line of defense, safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte. There were times in last week’s win over the Steelers where their receivers seemed to be in acres of space over the middle, as evident from the close to 200 yards that Antonio Brown came away with.

In nine career appearances against the Lions, the starting Bears safeties have collectively only accounted for two turnovers, with both coming from Wright (one interception and a fumble recovery). On the plus side both Conte and Wright recorded their first turnovers of the season in the win over the Steelers, both interceptions and with the former’s pick wrapping up the victory late on.

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If the Bears defense does continue a late 2012 (exhibit A: the Beardown UK attended December 3rd loss at home to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks) and majority of 2013 trend of failing to keep the opposing offense from chalking up the yards and the big plays (a shocking 18 passing plays of 20 or more yards conceded so far this season), then at least there is the hope that the ball hawks on the Bears D can keep Stafford and co honest with a few timely interventions.

It’s a tough ask to expect the Bears to nullify all of the Lions’ weapons, so maybe this rivalry will once again come down to who can protect, or sniff out, the ball the best.

Bears Number 6 White

While Lions QB Matt Stafford has flowed hot and cold against the Bears, racking up approaching 300 yards with 3 TDs and only 1 INT last time out against the Bears while also choosing Chicago for his occasional multiple turnover meltdown, it’s by far the opposite story for his opposite number on the Bears. Jay Cutler’s career stats versus the Lions are as good as if not better than against any of his opponents, with 12 TDs vs just a single INT, averaging just over 200 yards per game (1,822 in 9 games) with a career 100.3 QB rating.

stafford vs bears

With more weapons to take to Ford Field than he’s ever had before as a Bear, the key in this game will be keeping the heat off of Cutler long enough for him to find his targets. We’ve already said enough about the pressure that will come from the interior of the Lions DL, but it’s also important to note that their fifth overall pick, defensive end Ziggy Ansah, already has more sacks (2.5) than all of the Bears defensive linemen put together. With former Bear Israel Idonije acting as the swing end, Ansah’s opposite number at end, Willie Young, is a former seventh round pick with one sack for the season.

So will the Lions look to put the highly rated rookie over Cutler’s blindside, and against former Pro Bowler Jermon Bushrod, or will they look to use his skills against the Bears’ rookie fifth rounder at right tackle, Jordan Mills? Either way someone is going to get Izzy or the seventh rounder. With Ndamukong Suh set to lineup opposite Mills’ fellow rookie OL, Kyle Long, it’s going to be a long and interesting day in the trenches and for a passer that usually finds a way of getting it done against Detroit, regardless of what is happening infront of him.

Bears Number 7 White

Hot start. This week marks the 11th time since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger that the Chicago Bears have been on the verge of starting the season at 4-0. In eight of those previous ten seasons the Bears went on to reach the playoffs, winning their division on seven of those eight times. With the Packers finding interesting ways to self destruct against the likes of the Bengals, and the Bears finding ways win while wrecking every set of fingernails in Illinois, anything is possible from this one or, it appears, this season.

This is the first time since 1995 that the Bears have scored at least 24 points in each of their opening three games, with their 95 points the most posted since 1989. To top that off, the 40 points that they registered at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field was the most by any road team since the stadium opened in 2001. Not an easy feat against a team with as much recent success as the Steelers.

trestman cutler

It’s never an easy week to play the rejuvenated Lions, no longer one of the laughing stocks of the league. But you kind of feel that this is might be right time to fly into Michigan and try to win with some smack-mouth football on the offensive line, a quarterback in tune with his head coach and on one of his hottest ever starts as a Bear, especially in the 4th quarter, and a defense eager to prove that it doesn’t just need turnovers to get the opposing offense off the field.

#Go Bears!!!

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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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