Monday Night Football on ESPN will showcase a good NFC North battle pitting the 4-1 Chicago Bears against the 2-3 Detroit Lions. The game will be played at Chicago’s Soldier field and has an 8:30 PM ET kickoff time. The Bears currently sit in first in the division at 4-1 while Detroit has been a disappointment to most this season. They did get a huge win last week against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. They hope to continue that success, but the Bears will look take advantage of the rest and recovery time they got from their bye week last week.
The last time the Bears took the field was in a 41-3 shellacking of the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 5. The team has shown they can play solid football on both sides of the ball. To this point, their lone loss came against the Packers in week 2. Despite their success, the Bears still seem to be one of those teams that can simply self-destruct at any moment. This has to be the year Jay Cutler steps up and tries to be more of a leader. This is the only way the team will be able to make the next jump. Sunday’s game provides a good divisional game to start this process.
The Lions are trying to get their team back into the good graces of NFL analyst. The team was thought to be the next big thing after a huge offensive year last season and some great defensive picks. The team has not been able to match the hype, however, and have disappointed not only their fans but fans of underdogs everywhere. Their 26-23 win in Philly hopefully has them pointed in the right direction, but a win this Sunday could give them many more believers.