Can The Detroit Lions Beat The Chicago Bears? Yes They Can.

Andrew MaisonneuveCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

LIBERTYVILLE, IL - JANUARY 15:  Lovie Smith, former defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, gestures as he announces his four year contract as head coach of the Chicago Bears at a media conference on January 15, 2004 in Libertyville, Illinois.  (Photo by Aynsley Floyd/Getty Images)

Coach Lovie Smith and the Bears will look to win their third straight game Sunday, when they battle the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago.

All Pro QB, Jay Cutler, showed his Pro Bowl skills against the Seahawks when he engineered a late scoring drive- that included a quick slant to Devin Hester- resulting in a touchdown with 1:52 left in the game.

He completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards with 3 TD's, 1 interception and a 126.4 passer rating.

The “clipped winged” Seahawks played without seven starters that included quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, tackle Walter Jones and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

Early on, the Bears played sloppy again, as they did against the Steelers in week two. They were plagued by mistakes that reflected the 13-0 score. Bears fans feared the worst when Charles Tillman missed a tackle on a screen pass, enabling Julius Jones to dash 39 yards for a TD on Seattle’s first possession.

Despite the early struggles, the Bears were down, but not out.

They capitalized on two missed field goals by the Seahawks Olindo Mare and started to get the band back together. Jay Cutler then hit Greg Olson, Johnny Knox and Devin Hester for touchdowns, showing that the Bears receiver corps is playing beyond expectations. 

The Bears defense responded and stepped up to the plate. After generating just one takeaway in the first two and a half games, the unit forced two turnovers in the first eight minutes of the third quarter.

Daniel Manning stripped the ball from Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh after a 5-yard reception and Adewale Ogunleye recovered at the Seattle 42. Houshmandzadeh made comments before the game about his play making abilities, because he was bitter that Chicago made no effort to recruit him to the Bears. Fumbling the football just showed actions are louder then words.

Lions end winless streak

After two years of not winning a game, the Lions recorded a victory over the Washington Redskins to stop the NFL’s longest losing streak in history.

The Washington Redskins are a bad team; however, Detroit finally shows that it’s not impossible to win games. Led by rookie QB Matthew Stafford who went 21-of-36 for 241 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions, the Lions won 19-14.

It was a win, and the Lions played well most of the game, however, they almost let the Redskins sneak away in the final seconds.

The 'Skins pulled within five points on Campbell’s second TD pass with 2:36 left in the game, but couldn’t prevent the Lions from picking up a first down that ran time off the clock and cost them three timeouts.

Lions try for second straight victory at Soldier Field.

In recent years, Detroit has played on the road and beat the Chicago Bears in recent history. The last time the Lions won in Soldier Field was October 28, 2007 with a 16-7 victory. 

Let’s call a spade a spade.

Detroit just needed to win one game to improve from last year. The question is; can they win again? Yes they can, because that’s the NFL. Any team on any week can win; however, the Chicago Bears are improving and winning games. It’s not likely Detroit wins this game, but it’s not impossible.  

Coach Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears view Detroit as a threat. The Bears organization is too smart to think this is going to be easy. They are preparing for battle at Hallas Hall, as they do every week.  

Any given Sunday.