The 9-6 Chicago Bears will face the 4-11 Detroit Lions this Sunday. The game may mean little as neither team looks to be able to get a spot in this year’s playoffs. The Lions are certainly not going to get a spot, and have been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments of the year. The Lions won a ton of games last year and looked like the NFL’s next big thing. This year, reality hit them square in the Jaw as they have made one of the biggest fall-outs in recent NFL memory. The Bears looked like the hottest team in the NFL the first half of the year, but injuries struck again which looks to prevent them from the postseason.
The Bears will travel to Ford field in Detroit to try and get their 10th win. Last week they won 28-13 in Arizona. The team was falling off quickly before that win and saw their quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte miss some time. Before the win against the Cardinals Sunday, they were on a 3-game losing streak. Given how they were doing earlier in the year, they have the potential to beat many teams that may be making the postseason. Unfortunately, for them, they will probably not get the chance to do so.
The Lions definitely will not be seeing the playoffs and instead will have to take a good hard look at what happened to their team. It appears to me that their problems go far beyond that of the players on the field. Leadership and discipline seems lacking on the team that needs nothing more then strict rules and structure. That will need addressed more this offseason then the roster.