Chicago Bears: 5 Reasons Why the Bears Will Beat the Detroit Lions
The Lions got the best of the Bears in Week 5 when Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson both torched them through the air and on the ground with over 100 yards a piece.
This is not going to happen again. The Bears are hungry, are on a hot streak and are ready to defend their home turf.
Here are five reasons why the Bears will win at Soldier Field and send the Lions with their tails between their legs.
Lions Are Banged Up
The Lions are coming off a desperately needed bye week that has helped them heal from some injuries, but are still banged up.
Matthew Stafford is nursing finger and ankle injuries, but should be good to go against the Bears. He been relatively healthy all year, but he has a history of getting hurt. I will be surprised if he makes it through this whole season without injury.
As most Lions fans remember the Bears derailed Stafford's season last year. Maybe it happens again this week?
The Lions will also most likely be without star running back Jahvid Best, who is out due to his second concussion of the season. The Lions did bring back Kevin Smith, but I don't see him being a big factor this week.
One of the quietest injuries is that of Jason Hanson, the Lions kicker. Hanson has not practiced this week and if he is unable to go because of his knee, the Lions will have to be very efficient in the red zone without their starting kicker.
Earl Bennett Is Back
Yes, everyone is extremely high on Earl Bennett after just one game back, but it is for good reason. Earl Bennett gives Jay Cutler a legitimate receiving weapon.
Bennett can catch over the middle, deep, and in the red zone.
The most important part of Bennett being back is his ability to help the Bears convert on third and long situations.
Multiple times on Monday night against the Eagles Jay Cutler looked to Bennett in critical third down situations, and every time Bennett came up big, catching all five passes Cutler threw his way.
I expect this to be a hot connection for the remainder of the season.
Earl Bennett is hands down the Bears best receiver.
Bears Defense Is Elite
When the Bears and Lions met earlier in the season the Bears defense was not playing well at all.
They were giving up yards, scores, and first down after first down. This is not the case anymore.
The Bears are only allowing 17.3 PPG in their three game win streak, and only 329 yards per game, which is almost 50 yards better than their season average.
The biggest part of their success is their stars playing well. Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Julius Peppers are playing the best they have all season and they are not slowing down.
This Bears defense is older, but is still one of the best units in the NFL.
Lions Can't Run the Ball
Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson is arguably the best quarterback/wide receiver combination in the league, but their play is so good because of a decent running game.
Jahvid Best was playing well earlier in this season, not elite like Matt Forte, but still very respectable.
Now that Best is injured the Lions have struggled with Keiland Williams and Maurice Morris, and even with Kevin Smith in the mix they still have no running game.
The Lions are 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game at just 95.2 yards a contest, and they will not even meet this poor average against the Bears this Sunday.
A team needs a solid running game for a passing game to build upon it, and without a running attack this game could get really ugly very quickly for the Lions.
The Bears Are Hot
I know, a winning streak is not a great reason for picking a team to win, just ask any Kansas City Chiefs fan (the Chiefs four game winning streak was ended by the then-winless Dolphins last week in a 31-3 loss).
The Bears have won three straight, and are clicking on all cylinders. Their offense, defense, and coaching staff all seem to be on the same page for the first time all season.
They are scoring over 30 PPG in their win streak, and have been stopping some of the most talented offensive weapons in the NFL such as Adrian Peterson, Mike Vick, and LeSean McCoy.
This Bears team has heart, fire, and the desire to win. They understand how important this game is, and they will not let the Detroit Lions bookend their win streak, let alone sweep them for the season.
Bears will win this game 31-17.