Chicago at Detroit Preview

| January 1st, 2010

I had a dream last night. (I have one every night, I think, but this one’s pertinent to the site.)  In the dream I was meeting some friends at a bar in Hoboken, New Jersey and when I looked at the television the Bears were playing the Lions.  I didn’t know the game was on.  I can’t remember the last time, maybe elementary school, I didn’t know a Bears game was on.  That’s the sadness of ending these kinds of years.

Your Soon-to-Be Hibernating 2009 Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • They’re playing the Detroit Lions.  (Reverend’s side note on the failed terrorist attempt: why is there a direct flight from Amsterdam to Detroit?  Is that a popular destination for the Dutch?)
  • Jay Cutler needs 448 yards to become to set the single-season passing record.  Not gonna happen.  But he needs three touchdowns and a clean sheet to even his touchdown-to-interception ration.  I don’t know why but I think it matters to him and think he’s going to play a brilliant game to end the season.
  • Players like Lovie Smith quite a lot, especially guys like Alex Brown and Tommie Harris.  What’s that mean?  Expect another effort like Monday night but without a good offense on the other side of the ball.
  • With Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox hobbled, Devin Hester should return to kickoff returns.  Indoors.  Fast track.  Touchdown.  (I’d love hear someone ask Hester what it has felt like to watch Cribbs steal his return thunder these last two years.)
  • I always thought the quarterback and receivers would take three our four weeks to build a rapport.  They have.  The quarterback is Cutty.  The receiver is Aroma.  Big game for D.A.
  • You get the sense that this team, this coaching staff, knows 7-9 sounds better than 6-10.  They’re the kind of group that wins games like this so they can feel better about themselves at the pressers afterward.  And it will give Lovie a terrific opportunity to tell us how many games he should have won and how close they were to the playoffs.

Chicago Bears 37, Detroit Lions 10