The Detroit Lions are gearing up for the upcoming game against the Bears. The game is on Monday Night Football and the Lions are looking for revenge for last year’s two controversial losses to Chicago. Below, I listed three reasons why the Lions will wake up Tuesday with a 5-0 record.
1. Chicago’s Offensive Line is Still Bad
We all remember how bad the offensive line was last year for the Bears. Things haven’t changed. In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bears spent their first round pick on OT Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin. Against the Saints a couple weeks back, he injured his right kneecap and has been out since but the Bears are hopeful that he can return to action on Monday night. The Bears also mysteriously let go of veteran center Olin Kreutz before training camp. Olin Kreutz is a six-time Pro Bowler and was a leader inside the Bears locker room. So far this season, the Bears have allowed the second-most sacks in the league with 15. The Bears will struggle protecting QB Jay Cutler come Monday considering the talent of Detroit’s defensive line. More bad news for the Bears, Nick Fairley is expected to make his NFL debut on Monday.
2. It is Monday Night Football
For the first time in a decade, Detroit will host a Monday Night Football game. This will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, game for many of the current Lions. Besides the annual Thanksgiving Day game, it will be the one time that the Lions will play in front of a national audience. The coaches are probably telling the players to treat it like any other game but I have a feeling that the players are especially excited for this opportunity. They want to show the rest of the country that they are the real deal this year. The fans in Ford Field will be rocking. I know Detroit is known as “Hockeytown” but Monday will be a night to show that we are “Footballtown” at heart.
3. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson
I’ve put this as a reason for the past two weeks and each game it has proven true. I’m putting it as a reason again because it should be true on Monday and because I’m a little superstitious. Matthew Stafford is now third on ESPN’s MVP Watch and Calvin Johnson is making big play after big play. Veteran safety, Chris Harris, hasn’t played since Week 1 against the Falcons. Due to the injury, Major Wright has played a lot in the first quarter of the season and has disappointed Bears fans since Week 1 with his less than average play. Also, the Bears don’t get that much pressure on the QB with their front seven. I am expecting Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson to carry the offense to another victory.