Detroit Lions: Keys to Victory Over Bears on Monday Night Football

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Detroit Lions: Keys to Victory Over Bears on Monday Night Football
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On October 10, the Detroit Lions will be playing in their first Monday Night Football game since 2001, when they were embarrassed by the St. Louis Rams in a 35-0 defeat.

A lot has changed in Detroit since that game almost exactly a decade ago. During the past 10 seasons, the Detroit Lions have gone through five head coaches, two general managers, two stadiums, and a combined 39-121 record. After a miserable decade of football, the Lions are back in the prime-time game.

The 2011 Lions seem to be a completely different team now. They are outscoring opponents 101-46 in the first three weeks of the season and are 3-0 for the first time since 1980. The Lions are the hottest team in the NFL right now, with a regular season win streak of seven games, the longest active streak of any team.

Despite the early success, many fans are still skeptical of Detroit. On October 10, the Detroit Lions will have the chance to prove to the entire nation that the team is not a fluke, but a serious contender to go to the Super Bowl. For this to happen, the Detroit Lions must get past last year's NFC North champions, the Chicago Bears

Here is a look ahead to the Week 5 matchup and five key things the Detroit Lions must focus on to win their first Monday Night Football game since 1998.

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