Bear Down On The Bears-Lions Gameday Links

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/22/2012 01:50:00 PM

Bears-Lions Monday Night Football at Soldier Field tonight! Get ready for the NFC North showdown with some outstanding info from these links:

What To Watch For: Bears-Lions- Michael Wright with a position-by-position breakdown of tonight's game, and a prediction of the winner. (ESPN Chicago)

Tice Vows He Won't Abandon Run Game Vs. Lions- Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, on himself: "There was a guy that was calling plays in Green Bay who didn't call the run enough. That was part of the problem. Hopefully, he's not showing up this week.''

Vaughn McClure, the writer of the article, adds, "True, the Lions' front seven is one of the best in the league and they have allowed less than 100 rushing yards per game (96.4). But Matt Forte has enjoyed great success against the Lions in his career, with 678 rushing yards on 135 attempts and four touchdowns in eight games." (Chicago Tribune)

Bears-Lions: Top 5 Matchups- Boomer at Bear Goggles On provides the top five matchups, in his opinion, for tonight's game. They are as follows: Devin Hester vs. Lions' special teams, Jay Cutler vs. Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril vs. Gabe Carimi, Brandon Marshall vs. Louis Delmas, and Calvin Johnson vs. Peanut Tillman. Hard to argue with those choices. (Bear Goggles On)

Stormy Weather Could Impact Bears-Lions Game- Boomer: "The weather forecast for kickoff is 50% chance of storms, but at the very least, the field should be plenty sloppy with steady rain falling in Chicago throughout the day." (Bear Goggles On)

Here's How Bears Can Beat The Lions' Blitz- Matt Bowen with outstanding x's and o's analysis as always. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears Can Contain Johnson- More great stuff from Matt Bowen, as he breaks down (x's and o's style, of course) how the Bears can contain Lions superstar wide receiver, Calvin Johnson. (Chicago Tribune)

Detroit Free Press Lions Beat Writer Dave Birkett (AUDIO)- Da Bears Blog talks with Lions beat writer Dave Birkett, previewing tonight's matchup. Highly recommended listen. (Da Bears Blog)

Know Your Opponent: Detroit Lions- Dan Durkin gives you everything you know about the Lions in this terrific write-up. (CBS Chicago)

Lions Have Been No Match For Cutler- Brad Biggs: "The quarterback is 5-1 as a Bears starter against the Lions and has a career 105.0 passer rating against them in seven starts overall. It's his best passer rating against any opponent with a minimum of four starts, just ahead of the 100.8 he has posted against the Vikings."

"As much as Cutler has struggled against the Packers with a 1-7 career record, he has owned the Lions in throwing 10 touchdowns with just one interception. Even in the loss at Ford Field last season, he was sharp, completing 28 of 38 passes for 249 yards and one score." (Chicago Tribune)

Webb A Building Block One Week At A Time- Brad Biggs writes about the progression of the Bears' much-criticized left tackle, J'Marcus Webb. (Chicago Tribune)

Devin Hester Primed For A Monday Show- Sam Householder: "Devin Hester, the greatest returner in the history of professional football, has seven total TDs on Monday Night Football and they break down as so: two receiving, two kick returns and three punt returns. That would say that he has one touchdown every 1.28 Monday night games he plays.

Now compare that to his performance on Sundays: 21 touchdowns in 89 career games: one TD every 4.24 games. Now yes, there are more games on Sundays than Mondays and returns (or any other touchdown) can be hard to come by, but clearly Hester shows up in prime time." (Windy City Gridiron)

Extra Time Off Should Help Brian Urlacher- Jeff Dickerson explains how Brian Urlacher may look better now that he had the bye week to rest his left knee. (ESPN Chicago)

Seriously, The Cutler Story Is Over, People- 110 % agree with everything Adam Hoge has to say in this article about the media's obsession with the Jay Cutler attitude/bad teammate crap. (CBS Chicago)

Bears' Chris Conte, Major Wright Are An Outstanding Cover Twosome- Mark Potash writes about how well the Bears safeties are playing in the team's defensive scheme. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Louis Delmas' Energy Fuels Lions Defense- Cutler on Lions safety Louis Delmas: "With him, it’s a different defense. I like the way he plays. He brings a lot of energy. He comes downhill. He’s active in the passing game. He’s a really good player." (Chicago Sun-Times)

Comparing Tight End Production From 2012 To 2011- Your Boy Roy takes a look at how the Bears' tight ends are producing this year with Mike Tice as offensive coordinator, as opposed to last season when Mike Martz (who hates using tight ends in the passing game) was the offensive coordinator (Chicago Football Talk)

How Have The 2012 Chicago Bears Rookies Performed So Far?- Dave Gilbert examines the performance of the Bears' 2012 draft class thus far. (Windy City Gridiron)

Expert Picks- ESPN's experts all picking the Bears. Feels weird. (ESPN)

Expert Picks- Jason La Canfora is an official Bears hater, and he's admitted that he's not a believer in this team, yet anyway. He's picking the Lions, and he also picked the Bears to lose at home against the Rams, a game the Bears of course won 23-6. (CBS Sports)

Expert Picks- All of the Tribune writers pick the Bears. (Chicago Tribune)

Expert Picks- All of the Sun-Times writers pick the Bears. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Expert Picks- Jon Greenberg is the only one from ESPN Chicago to pick the Lions (ESPN Chicago)

Expert Picks- Experts from 670 The Score, WBBM 780, and CBS2 all pick the Bears. (CBS Chicago)

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