The Bears have exceeded expectations so far in 2012. They lead an NFC North division that was expected to be topped by either the Packers or even the Lions, and few thought that the Jay Cutler-led Bears would be its top team.
This season, however, Cutler has proved to be more efficient, having thrown four of his seven interceptions in one game and throwing only three in the other four games he has played.
While Cutler has been good and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush have been respectable on the ground, the defense in Chicago has been the real hero this year.
Lovie Smith's unit consisting of a good front seven and a good secondary is a very complete unit that can hurt a team in a lot of different ways. They are the eleven players who will ensure a Lions loss Monday night at Soldier Field.