This weekend brings the Bears to Ford Field along with the fleeting hopes of Lions fans. With the entire division crumbling down around them, the only optimism remaining is in regards to both division leaders sitting at .500, 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit. With Millen no longer the thorn in the side of ticket holders, Lions fans will now hope that the preseason champs can finally get win no. 1 in week no. 5.
0-16 is a reasonable possibility for this team, as are the NFL playoffs. We’re mere weeks away from seeing Jon Kitna turn into a cheerleader and Roy Williams turning into trade bait. I believe the most likely scenario will be that the Lions win a few games they shouldn’t, or just enough to knock them out of the top draft pick position. Of course, these are the Lions and the unexpected and losing are two traits that have never died with this team.
The Bears come into this week with some momentum following a stunning 24-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday night. The Eagles outplayed Chicago for most of that second half and were the length of a football from taking the lead late in the fourth quarter. Kyle Orton is not a scary quarterback, and neither are the rest of the Bears. Urlacher is getting older and Lovie Smith’s seat is getting warmer. I guarantee that this will be the closest game of the year for the Lions solely based on the match-up. While I think the Lions will attempt to play in honor of their embattled coach, it will be hard to see even the Lions coming out with such a must win.