Detroit has for years been a difficult team to root against. They’ve sort of been lovable losers. But then…they hired…this prick.
Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
I always like the Chicago Bears…
…and it’s time for this team to play like they are top of the NFC North table. That means burying the Lions at home. Thanksgiving, in their building, is always a difficult game. This is at Soldier Field, with Detroit coming off two miserable performances. Good teams don’t lose this game. Hell, mediocre teams don’t lose this game either.
The Game Sonnet
In football exists a team called ‘da Bears
Who play beside the greatest of great lakes
Those who do not love them are hapless squares
Mindless joy killers in sea of flakes
Their quarterback is a vigorous stag
Born in an Ohio town called Mentor
He’s more than half human and no part nag
But he plays with the zeal of a centaur
Cometh the Lions to challenge these Bears
Their ill-bearded, unkempt leader in tow
Sweet, sweet victory will never be theirs
One must wonder how it is they don’t know
Oh! To be a fan of the pride and joy
Serving with grace the folk of Illinois
Why the Bears Will Win…
When Dave Birkett of the Free-Press can write a paragraph like this, you know things are not going well: “Of the Vikings’ 10 sacks Sunday, I’d attribute five of them to poor play on the offensive line. Two of the remaining five sacks were coverage sacks, an eighth was due to a mix-up by a Lions wide receiver, the ninth came on a cornerback blitz when Matthew Stafford or someone on the offensive line didn’t set the protection right, and the last sack was a result of Stafford simply not pulling the trigger when he had someone who appeared to be open downfield.” (Read the whole piece, breaking down each sack, by CLICKING HERE.) Needless to say, if there was a game ripe for Khalil Mack’s return, this is it. And Mack…is back.
Jeff discusses the unrest at Halas Hall following the Bears loss to the Packers (based on actual source information) and lays out the stakes for John Fox Sunday against Detroit.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press picks up his daughter and explains why the Lions haven’t been able to run the ball since Barry Sanders retired. He also weighs in on two potential head coaching candidates currently on Lions staff: Jim Bob Cooter and Teryl Austin.
Jeff discussed the importance for this coaching regime to put together a good division record down the stretch.
Dave Birkett on all things Lions, including whether this is a mediocre team winning a bad division or a good team ready to compete for a trip to the Super Bowl. (He also points out their specials as Detroit’s secret weapon.)
Ged Hourigan, Irish degenerate, tells a fake story as he steps in for the Reverend on the sermon.
The pick? Objective this could easily be a Lions blowout victory but two things stand in the way of that: a surging Bears defense and #barkleytime.
As for White’s drop, Cutler sounded almost happy it happened. Such plays lead to more dialogue between him and the second-year receiver.
‘‘He handles it well,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘He’s always the first guy to blame himself, no matter what the situation is, so I just try to keep him positive and keep him going. There’s no point or real time for us to dwell on it. We have to move on, and he does that well.’’