The Funniest Thing About the Bears-Lions Matchup on Sunday

Scott OttersenCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running back Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions carries the bll against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 20, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings won 27-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the Chicago Bears facing the Detroit Lions this Sunday, Bears fans should be looking at a 3-1 start to the season.  I don't want to overlook the Lions, but come on, BARELY winning against the Washington Redskins does not constitute them a good team. 

I was going to do a traditional matchup piece for the game, but then I thought better...I mean, it's the Detroit Lions.  And, they're most likely going to be without one of their main offensive threats in starting running back Kevin Smith.

And, that is where the hilarity ensues.

In his Monday press conference, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz actually said the following statement when asked about Kevin Smith's condition:

"We're not into giving competitive advantage to other people."

Uh, Jim, yes you are.  You are the DETROIT LIONS, for God's sake.  By stepping on the field against your team, your opponent has the competitive advantage.

Just tell the truth, Jim, the guy you are facing in fantasy this week has your boy Kevin Smith on his team, and you do not want him to know whether he is starting or not right up until the last minute, in hopes that he isn't paying attention at 11:00 on Sunday, and ends up starting one of his bench guys.

I understand where coach Schwartz is coming from, but either way it goes, the Bears are still going to prepare for the Detroit Lions running game. 

Ok, I tried my best to get through that last sentence without laughing, but I couldn't do it.  The Bears are probably going to take the week off, and just practice on Friday and Saturday, in preparation for the only thing the Lions can do, and that's throw the ball to Calvin Johnson.

Bryant Johnson had a good game against the Redskins, so he will be someone to look out for, as well.  But if the Bears lose the game because they couldn't stop Bryant Johnson, then they would deserve to lose that game.

With all things said, the Lions are a better team than they were a year ago, so in all honesty, I'm only joking about how the Bears should take them lightly, but without a main piece like Kevin Smith, it should be an easy victory.

And, a 3-1 start to the season going into the bye week, and before two tough road games against Atlanta and a resurgent Cincinnati Bengals team, would be exactly what the Bears needed.

It is looking like the Bears, Packers, and Vikings are going to be in a dogfight all season long for the division title, so every victory, whether it be easy, ugly, or undeserved is welcome.

Go Bears!