NFL Gameday Preview: Bears Look To Quiet Lions High Flying Offense

The Chicago Bears will try to beat the high-flying Detroit Lions to start the season perfect 3-0.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has looked revitalized under new head coach Marc Trestman in Chicago. Cutler is playing smart, mostly mistake free football, and looks like the player the Bears wanted when they traded for him. The defense, after a down season last year, is healthy and is playing as fierce as ever.

Chicago has always been a defensive city, and the fans must be enjoying the show being put on right now.

The Detroit Lions look closer to the team in 2011 that went 10-6 and made the playoffs, not the 2012 team that crumbled at 4-12. Reggie Bush has brought energy back to the offense that last year was the Calvin Johnson show, and the team has started this season 2-1.

The matchup favors the Lions, who tend to rack up yards. Detroit is averaging 410 yards per game, compared to Chicago’s 330 yards per game. However, the Lions have no balance in their offense and average 336 yards per game through the air, and only 74 on the ground.

Chicago, on the other hand, averages 105 yards on the ground and 225 yards per game in the air.

The balanced attack by the Chicago Bears should make the difference in the game. Look for the stalwart Bears defense to force a few turnovers as well. Chicago should start the season a perfect 4-0, while Detroit should fall to 2-2 in one of the best games of the weekend.

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