Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball as offensive guard Larry Warford (75) defends against Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (90) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions-Bears preview: For Detroit, it’s crunch time
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Protect the ball

When Bears CB Charles Tillman is on the field, players would be wise to always keep both hands on the ball. Tillman has forced 39 fumbles during his career, most of any cornerback. And although he hasn’t punched one out yet this year, he does have two INTs. The Bears lead the NFL with 11 takeaways — five INTs, six fumbles.

Detroit Lions’ Joique Bell ranks among top 10 RBs in broken tackles thanks to powerful lower body
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

What do Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Trent Richardson, Matt Forte, Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch have in common?

They’re six of the NFL’s preeminent tailbacks.

And they also happen to be the only tailbacks with more broken tackles than Joique Bell.

“I didn’t realize that,” Bell said, shaking his head. “I just go out there and do my job”

Ditka expects tough game between Bears, Lions
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Mike Ditka has made the Chicago Bears his pick to win the Super Bowl, and he makes no apologies for that.

“Well, why not?” Ditka told the Free Press. “What the hell. I know as much as anybody else.”

But the legendary Bears coach and player still expects a tough game when Chicago (3-0) visits the Lions (2-1) on Sunday in a showdown for first place in the NFC North.

Viewer’s Guide: Are Bears NFL’s best protectors? Almost
John Mullin – CSN Chicago

They won’t be going directly against each other, but the offensive lines of the Bears and Detroit Lions right now are the two best in the NFL. You could look it up.

The Lions are No. 1 in sacks per pass play, with Matthew Stafford sacked just twice in 123 pass plays. The Bears are No. 2, Jay Cutler being sacked three times in his 104 pass plays.

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