It is sometimes challenging to write the second game preview for divisional contests. I mean, what else is there to say? Do you guys need me to tell you the Bears need to shut down Calvin Johnson or at least limit his productivity? Do you need me to tell you the Bears offensive line needs to control the powerful Lions front four or risk having their game wrecked and their quarterback sent back to concussion land? Do you need me to tell you the Bears should be able to exploit some of the worst coverage units in the league? The answer is simple: no.
Sunday is all about heart. It is about guts. It is about the Chicago Bears - the superior team - recognizing the moment before them and thrashing an opponent. The Bears have been a chatty bunch this week, calling the Lions dirty and Matthew Stafford less than sturdy under pressure. It means nothing. Sunday means everything. It most likely means the postseason. It can mean salvaging what was veering dangerously close to disaster.
If the Bears lose Sunday in Detroit it will finally be the moment to question the coach's ability to inspire his team. It will finally be the moment to question the brainpower of the offensive coordinator. It will finally be the moment to wonder whether the quarterback can lead this franchise to the promised land. Sunday is that important.
And it will not be decided by tactics or talent. The Bears are simply better. It will be decided by heart. And guts. We'll know how much of both the Bears have before the weekend is out.
So why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
I always like the Chicago Bears.
Bears 28, Lions 10