Tonight is a big night Chicago Bears fans. The “undefeated” Lions host the 2-2 Chicago Bears in what shapes up to be the Bears biggest game of the season.
Win and the Bears are right back in the thick of things in the NFC Central Division. Lose the the Chicago Bears are 3 games behind 2 teams in the division. Losing simply isn’t an option for a coaching staff that seems to be on the hot seat almost every single season.
A loss put the Bears in a huge hole. It is incredibly difficult to make up 2 games let alone 3. A 3 game hole, even this early in the season, is almost impossible to recover from. Making matters worse, after tonight the Bears already have a game against both Detroit and Green Bay in the books. 3 games in the hole with only 2 games left against the teams above you certainly puts the odds against the Bears making the post-season.
There has to be a sense of urgency to everything the Bears do tonight. The defense must improve. The D-Line needs to put consistent pressure on Lions QB Matt Stafford or he will throw for over 300 yards and several TDs. They need to control the clock and move the ball methodically down the field. Forte and Marion Barber need to combine for at least 150 yards on the ground to win. Winning through the air isn’t going to happen for the Bears. To win the O-Line needs to keep Cutler upright. The game plan is simple. They need to throw quick slants, outs and screens along with the power running game. They also need to limit turnovers. If they can do all of these things, they control the clock. They control the clock they control the game.
If they get into a game plan where Cutler throws 40 times and gets picked 2 or 3 times than we know where this game is headed. The O-Line isn’t good enough to hold off the Lions rush for the 4 or 5 seconds Cutler will need to get the vertical game going.
So, for the first time EVER, the Bears v. Lions actually means something. The Lions are young and hungry. The Bears talented but getting old. It should be interesting to see where this goes but Bears fans know, losing is NOT an option tonight.