The Detroit Lions will be in Chicago on Monday night for a big game against the Bears. This is a big game not just because it is Monday Night Football and everyone will be watching. But, it is time for the Lions to show that last week’s win at Philadelphia wasn’t a fluke or the Eagles falling apart as a team, which could very well be the case.
The Lions had to go out and sign Alphonso Smith, the former second round pick of the Denver Broncos that the Lions traded a Gronkowski brother for (not the good one) two years ago but was cut in training camp. They had to do this because they only had two healthy cornerbacks on the roster for a game against a team that fancies themselves a passing team.
So after not being picked up by anyone, Smith is pulled off the street and will see quite a bit of action on Sunday, which is quite scary if you are a Lions fan. At least they didn’t go pick up another former CB, the one that likes to waive his gun around like he’s Frank from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (although he is signed to the Jets I believe).
If the Lions offensive line can hold back the Bears pass rush, the Lions do stand a good chance of moving the ball on this Bears defense. Their main focus is getting to the quarterback to force bad throws, but if Jeff Backus can have a good game, the Lions could be in good shape and keep up with the Bears, who could score at will on the Lions, despite the secondary improvement with Louis Delmas playing in his second game this year.
Overall, it should be a very interesting match up between two teams that both wanted to be better than they have been so far this year and both needing the win. I think it will be a close, one possession game and the Lions manage to pull it out, 27-24.