As the red-hot Bears get set to take on the Detroit Lions in Ford Field on Sunday, one of the few story lines on deck is the idea that this could be a classic "trap" game for the Bears. After all, the Lions still feel a bit slighted after they almost defeated the Bears in week one before the Calvin Johnson catch rule. Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson even went so far as to guarantee a win over the 8-3 Bears.
However, the reality of the situation is that the Bears beat the Lions pretty handily in week one, despite the close score. The Bears out-gained the Lions 463 to 168 yards of total offense on the day, a testament to both their offensive and defensive performance. In that game however, neither the Bears offense nor the defense was firing on all cylinders. Right now, they are, or are at least very close to it.
As gypped as the may Lions may feel after that game, that kind of loss seems to have been the story of their season. Those who wish to defend the Lions will tell you that they have fought hard in every game they have played. The reality is however, that the Lions have found ways to lose football games time and time again. Bad football teams do that. We're all too aware of that here in Chicago aren't we?
Now, I'm not suggesting that this is an "easy" win for the Bears. They certainly need to show up against a hungry Lions team. But, it's a rare situation in the NFL when effort trumps talent, and the Bears have this game locked up every which-way you slice it based on the match-ups. The Lions will be starting their third string quarterback Drew Stanton on Sunday who, in nine NFL games, has thrown 55 passes, for 611 yards, 2 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. That equates into an overall passer rating of 49.0. Doesn't exactly strike fear into the hearts of the Bears secondary...
Here are a few things to watch for during Sunday's game:
If the Bears defeat the Lions, it would guarantee Jay Cutler his first season above .500 since high school. The Bears would remain undefeated in their division, riding a five game winning streak.
Jay Cutler is 18-0 in his career when he has a passer rating above 100. In 4 career games against the Lions, Jay Cutler has thrown eight touchdown passes, one interception and has a passer rating of 110.0. In their last game, the Lions secondary allowed Tom Brady to gain a perfect passer rating of 158.3 on the day.
In six career games against the Bears, Calvin Johnson has 418 receiving yards and two touchdowns. That's just 69.6 yards and 0.3 TDs per game.
Bears win 24 to 3. To be more specific, that's two Cutler TD passes, one Forte rushing TD and one Gould field goal. I'm guessing Stefan Logan helps his team into good enough field position that they can get within field goal range once.