The Detroit Lions (5-4) head to Soldier Field on Sunday to take on the Chicago Bears (3-6) in an NFC North matchup. The Lions have won back-to-back games against the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers and are looking to keep pace in the race for the NFC North division crown. While the Bears may be the worst team in the division, the Lions can’t overlook them in this game. If the Detroit Lions want to keep their division championship hopes alive, then they must do these three things to defeat the Chicago Bears.
ROAR LOUD AND OFTEN
Detroit cannot start the game off slow like they did against the Browns last week. They must come out fast and strong in this game to set the tone early. A slow start is only going to hurt the Lions… again. They cannot keep relying on Matthew Stafford to lead a comeback in every single game. Detroit has to come out and get some points on their first drive and force Chicago to go three-and-out on their first drive of the game. If the Lions can start the game fast, both offensively and defensively, then they will have a very good chance to win.
SHOW EM WHO’S BOSS
The Chicago Bears are a pretty inexperienced team, especially their offense. Mitchell Trubisky (rookie), Tarik Cohen (rookie), and Jordan Howard (second year) are all very young and inexperienced players. Due to their inexperience at the professional level, the Lions defense should be able to take advantage of that. The Bears will make mistakes and the defense has to capitalize on them to give them a chance to win this game and keep up in the division race.
PRIDE PROTECTS OUR KING
The biggest and most important key to a Detroit Lions victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday is to protect Matthew Stafford. The better job that the offensive line does of protecting Stafford, the better opportunity he has to get the ball out to star receivers Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. As long as Stafford is not being pressured and/or hit on every play, then Detroit will be in a good position to win the game.