Lions vs. Bears: Rain in the Forecast for Monday Night Football

Aug 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Grounds crew members remove the tarp from the field prior to the game with the Denver Broncos playing against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are set to do battle on Monday Night Football tonight but they will have more than each other to deal with.

It won’t be cold and it won’t be overly windy but the weather is poised to have a big impact as thunderstorms are expected during tonight’s game. The tarp is out at Soldier Field but it will soon have to come off for pregame warm ups, exposing the notoriously poor playing surface to the elements. The field might start out in decent shape but a game’s worth of steady rain will certainly lead to poor footing and sloppy conditions.

Will it lead to an increased workload for Matt Forte and Michael Bush for the Bears and Mikel Leshoure for the Lions or will the offenses still try to get the ball in their playmakers’ hands downfield?

Will the potentially slow track keep Devin Hester in check or will the rain lead to poor execution by the Lions’ special teams units?

The hourly forecast calls for chance of rain greater than 50% throughout the game.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

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