Bears, Lions headed in opposite directions

Bears, Lions headed in opposite directions

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 00:06
Some leftover observations from Sunday’s butt-kicking of the Lions and a couple predictions: Concerns about the age of the Bears’ defense are unfounded. It may have taken a few games to get revved up, but the defense, and especially its 30-something core players, are running smoothly now. The Lions aren’t very dangerous without Jahvid Best running the football, and no one knows when he’ll be able to come back from the concussion that has sidelined him recently. Although both teams are 6-3, the Bears appear to have a clear path to the playoffs, while the Lions look like a .500 team; 9-7 at best. The Bears get to play their next four games against the mediocrity-ridden AFC West, including two at home, followed by another home game against the 3-6 Seahawks. They could already have a playoff berth locked up before they finish on the road at Green Bay and Minnesota. The Lions have two games left vs. the Packers, and they have to play the Saints in New Orleans. They’re also on the road against the Raiders and have the Chargers at home. The way they looked against the Bears, the Lions will be lucky to win one of those two.
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