Bears vs. Lions Game Preview

And so it begins again, this holiest of holies.  The Chicago Bears, stale taste of unfulfilled promise fresh on their tongues, attempt to prove to a skeptical media and desperate fan base that they've made enough alterations their often-bested roster and are now fit to attend the grandest wedding of them all: the Super Bowl.  It begins Sunday in Soldier Field.  Where it ought to begin.  Where it has to begin.  Against a Detroit Lions team that is quickly becoming the in vogue pick for a turnaround season.  It begins in Chicago.  Will it end in Dallas?

YOUR HOPEFUL 2010 CHICAGO BEARS
OVER
Detroit Lions

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I tend to like this team, specifically under this regime, much more when they've got something to prove.  It's when folks are high on them, when expectations rise, they seem to stumble early and finish poorly.  I think Cutler and the offense will come flying out of the gates Sunday, scoring early and often.
  • I try not to base anything on the preseason but I can't remember the last Bears defender who was capable of taking over a game and Julius Peppers is that player.  If the Bears are able to force the Lions into third-and-longs and Peppers makes just one or two big plays, it will make a difference on the scoreboard.  I think he plays inspired in front of his new home crowd.
  • The Bears beat the Lions last season by a total of 38 points.  I refuse to believe the Lions have made up that much ground in an offseason.
  • The Bears have two major obstacles facing them Sunday.  The Stafford-to-Johnson combination is going to get theirs, as I don't imagine the Bears will be able to cut down on the quick-route passing game that has plagued them throughout this era.  But with their linebackers and defensive line healthy, and with Chris Harris' tackling at safety, I don't imagine the Lions will be able to achieve anything on the ground.
  • The other is Ndamukong Suh and I look for Mike Martz to try and confuse Suh with a combination of misdirection runs and isolations to Hester and Knox on the outside.  Suh is brilliant.  But he's also a rookie who'll be looking to barrel forward and kill the QB.  That is something to exploit, not fear.
  • The Bears still have one of the most reliable kicker/punter combinations in the league and are capable of scoring on every single kickoff and punt return.  Until I see otherwise, I make this a weapon opponents can not account for. 
Chicago Bears 27, Detroit Lions 20

Note: We'll be premiering Da Saturday Show tomorrow, with my brothers and I picking three games each against the spread.  Bloggers will have a chance to weigh-in to win various prizes but you must listen to the show to know the rules.  It could be posted as early as midnight tonight.

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  • Lions. That's all there is right now.

    We need to beat the lions. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So true. THE most important game of the season for these guys will always be THIS week's game.

  • Btw, how freaking awesome is it that Football is back. I am litterally salivating.

  • "The other is Ndamukong Suh and I look for Mike Martz to try and confuse Suh with a combination of misdirection runs and isolations to Hester and Knox on the outside. Suh is brilliant. But he's also a rookie who'll be looking to barrel forward and kill the QB. That is something to exploit, not fear."

    GREAT point Jeff. Well done.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    +1.

    And there is a reason to suspect we might exploit Suh, viz

    Ron Turner is NOT our offensive coordinator

  • In reply to Dmband:

    The moment of truth is almost upon us. It's like the night before starting at a new school, or anticipating the sex with a new girlfriend. Which Bears will turn up on Sunday?

    Urlacher and Briggs to temper the Lions' run game. Stuttering, stumbling and bumbling from our passing game. D-line to frustrate Stafford. Close game. I'll plump for 16-14. Bears. Just for you Don Banks. Just for you...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    after looking long and hard for a post to latch onto, Irish definitely goes big money no whammy with "sex with the new girlfriend"........now I must let the rage flow!!!!!!

    I'm fucking tired!!!!!! I'm tired of the media cutting us to pieces, I'm tired of reading that Cutler can't throw to his own jersey's, I'm tired of hearing this is a 5-11 team, I'm tired of seeing us predicted to finish LAST in the NFC North, I'M FUCKING TIRED OF THIS BULLSHIT AND READY FOR SOMEONE TO STAND UP AND SAY "FUCK YOU, WE ARE THE CHICAGO BEARS AND WE ARE HERE TO FUCK YOU UP!!!!!"

    Damn, that felt good. If I feel that way, I can't imagine how big, mean, strong, proud, fast and angry Chicago Bears players feel at this point and must want to do something about it. Blogfather, MB, Trac, Doc, Al, I know you feel the same way I do. I'm tired of rumors, and ready to see proof on the field on Sunday at 1pm on my 103" 1080p projected HD DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket provided AWESOMENESS. BEAR THE FUCK DOWN, AND I'M OUTTA HERE!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jeff is pretty spot on regarding his final score prediction, but he overlooked one play. Instead of 27-20, the final score will be 27-17, because Izzy or Peppers is going to block a field goal.
    I ran over 3,000 computer algorithms, and this was the final score.
    Not really, I just made it all up, but it sounds good to me.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    We will see Cmonster. I just want to see the new post Rex Grossman era show up. It's time to kick it up a notch gents.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    cor...dude would of just stayed with algorithms we all would of believed you...lol!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8hdtpUNLLk

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The Countdown...Times ticking here comes the season:

    BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O94AI0ekSko&feature=related

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Matty SSide... Nice post up top my man.

    Yep, let's do this... the time for smack talk and worrying is over, it's time to get it done boys. Nice call to action lad.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Can't see how there would be any confidence in high scores in this game. We just saw two of the (allegedly) most explosive offenses in the NFL do not very much. Why should the Lions/BEars outscore them?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    You all better take part in the picks contest tomorrow. Gift certificates, column space....lots of good things.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We just have to be on here and what do we listen or look for?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Hmm, Urlacher + Smart? Heady stuff, Sd.

    The betting line, last time I saw it, had started at Bears, -6 and had moved to -6.5 as of yesterday.

    Keying off Jeff's standard "Why do i like..." opening.

    Why do I worry about the Chicaco Bears?

    I ALWAYS worry about the Chicago Bears.

    Aware of them since 1963 and watching in earnest since 1965 has IMBUED that sense of worry into me.

    I just cannot escape the nagging fear that "A Boy Named Suh" will make a name for himself against our questionable offensive line. Then Jahvid Best will punctuate things by inspring comments like "How did HE last so long in the draft?

    The Bears have a checekered past for such things.
    Here are just a few examples that leap to mind.

    1961: Da Bears lose the SEASON OPENER as rookie Fran Tarkenton tosses FOUR TD passes in a 37-13 win in the EXPANSION Minnesota Vikings first game.

    1969: The 1-13 Bears record their only victory of the seaon (I was AT that game, folks) by defeating the league's OTHER 1-13 team, the Steelers. This win costs them the #1 overall pick, Terry Bradshaw, who goes on to lead the Steelers to 4 Super Bowl Wins. NOT that he would have done that in Chicago where he would have just become a right-handed Bobby Douglass. That or the Bears would have blown the pick on another of their vaste collection of wasted picks.

    The 1990s: The Bears become THE MAJOR BUILDING BLOCKS for the Narcissus Legend as he OWNS them for more than a decade.

    Prediction? Be afraid, Be VERY afraid.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We have a chance to go a game up on the queens, lions and possibly the Fudger's. I look to Minny losing as an added incentive for our boys to bring it tomorrow. The game is afoot gents and I like it. And Irish, how in thee hell can you compare starting a new school with a little love making? Just sayin.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Depends on the curriculum, Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The apprehension, Trac. It ain't all good. Every girlfriend gets compared to the one that you think about the most and can't get out of your head. The dirty one. Remember *her*?

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Yes sir.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    What kind of leeway will we have for column space? Hmmm...I see endless possibilities.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwIAT3Vgxo

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    There will be a radio-type thing, like the Hester and Biggs interview. You'll have a chance to pick three games against the spread, except you can't pick the same three teams either of my brothers or myself pick. Meaning if I pick CHI-ARIZ-CAR, you can't use that combo. Same for them. So you need to listen to the show.

    Every guy who has five perfect, 3-for-3 weeks over the course of the season goes to the playoffs. And in the playoffs you can win gift certificates and column space.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    And now for something completely different. 50 funniest fantasy fb team names: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/453529-fantasy-football-rankings-50-best-amp-funniest-fantasy-football-team-names#page/1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Burrested Development. HAHAHAHA.

    Ease It In, Don't Forsett
    It's On Like Ndamukong
    Larry Csonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Codeine Makes Me Jolly

    and Albert's #1 FF team:
    Do Us All a Favre and Retire

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I gotta vote for Big Ben Her Over...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man... there is so much negativity about this team in the press. I've not seen one single article suggesting we will be a good football team. A few are optimistic about a 9-7 finish.

    Spet 10th, 2010. 5pm (pacific). I am officially picking the bears to go 11-5 and win the NFC north on tie breakers with the 11-5 Packers.

    It all starts with a big win tomorrow. I think the O-line with gel to something decent. I think we've already seen improved run blocking in the preseason. Call me crazy, but I think Tice will get them fixed by week 4.

    I expect some growing pains the first 4 weeks on offense (tough sched too). I think a healthy, motivated D drags us to a 2-2 record. once the offense gets a chance to work things out... watch out.

    I also think the D will be much improved from last season. Return of a solid pass rush. Peppers makes that whole line better. Tommie is apparently healthy. Add in a motivated Urlacher and Pisa... that front seven looks great. Good enough to cover for a weaker secondary. Chris Harris should shore up the run game. Start getting sacks on 3-rd and long (ala 2006) and we'll be in good shape.

    Getting to 3rd down usually isn't the problem... it's been getting off the field. Eliminating the QB's ability to find that seam route up the middle with some pressure should help A LOT.

    11-5. Optimism. I'm sticking to it.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    J...I like being the underdogs for a change...and the main reason is the press looks at the coaching staff and just say's "lipstick on a pig" simple.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    8-8 or 9-7 could very well win the division. The Fudgers and Queens have tough schedules as well. Quite conceivable indeed.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I thought this was a good article and broke down the match-up against Detwoit very well. One part that stood out to me was when the author mentions how Megatron said he is anxiously awaiting the 1 on 1 match-up's we'll give him with our "vaunted" cover who scheme. Wake-up Lovie, something's wrong when our opponents WR's drool at the prospect of playing against our cover 2. Hello...Bueller.....Bueller....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Forgot the link.....sorry about that

    http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/newstest.aspx?id=4340931

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    TRAC..you mean this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zyjLyBp64&feature=related

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I like it Lobo. New coaches on the Bears? Lipstick on a pig. I like it.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    No writer in their right mind would have picked the Bears, I mean, even the optimistic amongst us wouldn't put the mortgage on us doing well. That O-line needs to become Fort Knox or else. Our receivers somehow need to get smarter and more talented. Cutler needs to throw it away more. What are the odds on all three of those happening?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I agree with Jeff except for the Chris Harris hooey. I predict Wright will be the starting FS by the 3rd game at the latest. Harris is horrible.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    No idea why I'm posting this, but it's uh... funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBZFfO4iAjk

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Look for a big game from Chester Taylor this week.

    The Bears need to also review the tape from last night regarding what N.O. was able to do with Jared Allen. They had TE or FB chipping him on every play almost. Great stuff from them.

    The bears are going to need to understand they must help out the line as much as possible..

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Actually many times they left their LT handle Allen on his own, Allen played slow, maybe he stayed out partying on Wednesday.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I think Albert in Tucson forgot to log in as the VoiceOfTreason. Just kidding man, I take your opinions seriously. Even though I wasn't around in the 60s, I also feel your fear. This could be a high scoring game with both Ds on thier heals the whole time, which of course, will make us even more afraid at Cowboys next week.
    I am also leery on DaBlog contests, I am pretty sure I won our SuperBowl prediction game and am yet to hear anything. I'm not bitchin', just sayin'.

  • In reply to Church:

    None taken, Ender. pessimism aside, I'm in front of the tube watchin' Da Boys evry Sunday, even if they stink.

  • In reply to Church:

    Ryan Russelo (Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio):

    "The LIONS should be favored (this week)".

    Hopefully, that is a prelude to another plate of crow to be served up Sunday evening.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I don't see how the LIONS can be favored over the Bears. This is going to be an ass kicking. I want to see how all of these idiots backtrack off of their comments after this game.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I hope you're right Waffle. These Lions can run the ball though, and Stafford to Johnson or Stafford to Pettigrew can kill us on the playaction. I think it will be a lot closer than people are expecting. I'd be more confident about beating the Vikes than I would the Lions. If Levy and Delmas are both out we are definitely at the races though.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Yup, Bear down people. Enjoy. Don't drink and drive. And I guess we'll all be here after the game one way or another ...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nice, Irish. No drinking and driving, jerks. Call a fucking cab. Get drunk, cuz it's Christmas, but don't start the damn car.

    Da Bears Blog Cares.

  • In reply to Church:

    Who is Hines 57 on my Roethlisberger?

    I am so ready for Sunday. Btw, Thanks for everyone who lost a loved one who was trying to save or help someone in 9/11. Hard to believe the years have gone by since that day. God bless and everyone have a great day tomm.

  • In reply to Church:

    +1

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Gould-en Shower - my fantasy football team name.

    championship

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    nice

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I will tell you one thing that is really really refreshing about this season. We have gone an entire offseason, otas, and pre-season with no real position controversies (esp at QB). Now we are freed up to whine about team defeciencies as opposed to making arguments against each other on silly position battles.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I wouldn't expect anything less from you Coach.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Shit load of technological problems on the radio thing. Trying to fix them. More postponements to next week, it looks like.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    No Lovie...I mean Jeff, I can't wait until next week, I want to win now.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    but you're pretty set on the radio thing, huh Jeff. better yet, there were some positive aspects that got looked throughout all the turmoil...right?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    overlooked*

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    hope yall knuckleheads got your fantasy football set.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Are you still mad Fresno? That'll teach you to draft a queen on your team. How was your field goal kicker last night. Blaah. Just messin with ya man.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    haha hey man, i missed the draft. TOday im gonna go through my roster and drop and add some players.. we will see at the end of the season who is better. haha

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    statistics show that Teams who LOSE their first game only have a 24% chance of makin the playoffs... so shit i say we better win tomorrow..

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Hey, I said that.. Don't make me call the popo on you Fresno,
    but hey like I was saying if we win sunday and greenbay loses, we will have a legit chance at the playoffs after week one!!!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/06/Which-one-has-herpes.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Key word there "may"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know it's scetchy posting stuff from Da site...but, good luck Olin.

    Bears rookie impressed with Suh's feat of strength
    Posted: 9/9/2010 2:20:00 PM
    Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was known for his incredible strength at Nebraska, something that Bears rookie defensive end Barry Turner witnessed firsthand when they were college teammates.

  • In reply to derekd:

    hey bo-jangles...he picked up a Fu!@$#$!@#ng...SMART CAR FROM FRANCE! shit my 12 year old daughter can do that.

    Try this on for size FU SUH..

    BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Ok, back to football and the media bashing us: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=5553836&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d5553836

    "I wouldn't trade wideout Calvin Johnson and rookie back Jahvid Best for four, no, five, of the Bears' top players on offense."

    Wow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    take that with a grain of salt. he is about 20 years old and is a native of Detroit and went to Miami OH for college. It would be like asking me to write an article on the Bears Lions game and asking me to be reasonable and unbiased.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What do you expect MB? The lions drafted 2 high profile players 2 years in a row. The media loves that much more than an aging sub par team that had to tap into the free agent market to save face for the behind the times Bears org. We're not near as sexy a story. Yet.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    i like that tiny hint of optimism Trac. There is hope for you yet. Here, take a sip of this delicious drink i have made for you. Ha ha, yes it does have a neat little swirl of blue and orange coloring...what's that you say? I certainly do not smell any strange odor that would remind me of Codeine or hospital grade Hydrocodone.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You crack me up waffle boy.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I hope you vagasacks didn't forget to make your DBB Fantasy Football picks for the week.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeq2_Of3cHU&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to Joseph:

    can't wait to play you. i'm gonna beat your ass like Mayweather did his ex-girl/baby mama

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Hey! that was an "alleged" assault, she has no visable marks on her body! I'm gonna beat you like Carmelo is gonna beat Kat Stacks when he sees her! $5K on ur head!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Gotta love Twitter. lol

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    All I want for Raamadan is a W. Better red zone efficiency, Lach, Butter and C. Harris showing us they can still play at a high level, and improvement from the O-line would be icing on the basbousa.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mb..first of all look at his pic makes him look like assmunch from a Viagra ad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hey Trac which fantasy League you in?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm in ESPN da bloggers 1,2 and 3. Somehow you and I are squaring off in two of the leagues this week.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Who is the dude I am going against? I can't tell who he is on here.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Oh how I long to hear those closing words DM.

  • I am all behind a vasher to Detroit connection! The more shitty corners they have the better (sorry Nathan)

  • Hester is no more than our third wide receiver currently.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The depth chart on Da Site shows Hester as first string WR along with Johnny Knox. I'll leave it to ya'll to interpret that fact as you please.

  • I am very very sad that I must watch the first game of the season without my DBB Hat or T-shirt.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They're coming!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hat!?!?! Are we talking beannie? Jeff?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    More pessimism:

    How many 'surprises' could the Lions be worried about?

    Mike Martz was IN Detroit for, what, 2 seasons?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fran tarkenton... Uhhhhgggg... gave me shivers.

    And let me report this from GP's post above:

    "DBB... Hat!?!?! Are we talking beannie here? Jeff?"

  • I remember the Bears defender that could take over a game. Named Urlacher, as demonstrated in the Monday night game vs. Arizona. Does he still have the power? Would it be sweet if he does!!

    With Mannelly back, Hester/Knox/Manning returning kicks, Brad, and Robbie I absolutely agree they are the unaccounted weapon. With Peppers I may have to be circumspect, but I still rate Gould as the best player on the team. On the other hand, I hope I'll have to recant because we don't need him for many 3-pointers because he'll be knocking down several 1-pointers a game instead.

    Bear the Eff down, boys. The season's about here!

  • so sd...you might be sued for those two articles you posted?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Sd...I picked this from the second article:

    "his enterprise grew out of the need to protect the intellectual property of the newspaper industry in the digital age."
    Well shit we don't have to worry about a thing, they say "intellectual property of the newspaper"..when was the last time you saw any thing intellectual from the sports writers in Chicago?

  • That's why I changed my pic agian Sd. Probably wasn't a bright idea to be using a Dick Butkus autographed picture as my avatar. Have to find another one. Matty probably needs to check with the bimbo he got his pic from.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..shit I hope I get sued by the girls in my avatar! and how about johnny? will that squirrels come down on his ass!??lol

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Walter says it's cool, you can use his image. And he sends his love.

  • Sd..I know bro..I work with copyrights all the time in my business..the kicker is as these dipshits don't realize the exposure they get ..because what will happen is if you link it you get the hit..in this FU business it's all about the clicks.

  • sd..LOL!!!

  • Did some tape work on Mr.Suh, double team him and he sucks, but the price of doing that is that their linebackers will be free and could get to the running back or qb better.

    But double team him and he is toasted.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23...We will see if the D-Guru(Liza Menilla)is wise enough at game time to adjust of LDL will wipe him into a suicide pac for the d.

  • hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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