5 things Lions must do to beat Bears
Five things the Lions must do to beat the Bears (2-2) on Monday night at Ford Field:
1. Protect Matthew Stafford. The Bears’ front seven, which includes Julius Peppers, is dangerous. In three of the first four games Stafford has not been sacked. It’d be a good idea to keep him clean in this one too. Just saying.
2. Stop Matt Forte, a multidimensional threat on the run and as the recipient of short screen passes. He had 205 yards last week. If can equal that, the Lions lessen their chances of picking up their fifth win in five games.
3. Get to quarterback Jay Cutler. Chicago’s offensive line is one of their weaknesses which explains why Cutler has been sacked 15 times in first four games. Detroit’s strength is its defensive line. Put two and two together and ...
4. Get the ball to Calvin Johnson. He’ll be double- and triple-teamed, but if Stafford can connect with him for another pair of touchdowns, it could be a happy night at Ford Field.
5. Stay focused. It’ll be a grand homecoming for the Lions who have played just once at Ford Field in the first four games. The crowd will surely thank them for the 4-0 start. It’s all good, it’s all fun. But once the ball is snapped, focus is key.
Prediction: Lions 27, Bears 17