Prediction: Bears 21, Lions 20

Mark ScholesContributor IOctober 4, 2008

Tomorrow's contest between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will be a standard NFC North "Black and Blue" Division battle that carries much hype with it.  With this week's firing of Lions' President and CEO Matt Millen, many eyes will be fixed upon Jon Kitna and the Lions to see how they respond to what has happened.  In the meantime, the Bears are coming off of a hard-fought, yet well-deserved victory last Sunday night against the Philadephia Eagles, although at the expense of the Bears secondary.  Questionable for Sunday's game, Bears corners Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman have said that they will dress for Sunday's contest, but they will have their work cut out for them, as Lions wide receiver Roy Williams and company present a very big challenge for Vasher and Tillman, especially since neither of them are at 100%.  Look for Bears coach Lovie Smith to make the necessary changes early in the game if neither Vasher or Tillman can compete at the top of their game.  And then there is Kyle Orton, who just so happens to be coming off his best performance last Sunday against the Eagles, throwing for three touchdown passes for the first time in his career.  Look for Orton to continue riding the wave in this one.  As long as Orton has confidence that his defense can back him up, you will see Orton taking more risks which ultimately led to his success last Sunday.  If Orton is hesitant and not willing to take risks by throwing the long ball to Hester and 15+ to his tight end Olsen, then it will be a very long day not only for Orton, but for the Bears defense as well.  In the end, I predict a Bears victory 21-20 in Detroit.