20601A-WFNZ-the-fan-Final2 35h_CBSSportsRad_1660AM

TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
bearscredit5.jpg
lionscredit3.jpg
Quarterback
Winner Through the first three weeks of the season, the marriage between Jay Cutler and head coach Marc Trestman is working out quite nicely. Cutler has not been perfect, but he has been quite effective at avoiding mistakes that led to interceptions and sacks in the past. Cutler has one of the strongest arms in the league and he is putting that arm on display at key moments in the fourth quarter.
Winner The Lions have always believed that Matthew Stafford had more than enough ability to become one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He has the size, arm strength and quick release to get the ball downfield in an instant and he is making better decisions this year. Stafford threw for 385 yards in the Week Three win at Washington, and looked comfortable throughout the game.
Offense
Winner Give credit to general manager Phil Emery for upgrading the offensive line and giving Cutler the weapons he needs to be successful. Matt Forte is proving to be one of the best dual-threat running backs in the league. Brandon Marshall has dominating size and a desire to catch the football. Tight end Martellus Bennett is a credible red zone threat.
Reggie Bush (sprained knee) did not play against Washington, but he should be in the lineup against the Bears. His speed gives the Lions a breakaway threat out of the backfield that hard-working Joique Bell cannot. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is simply the best receiver in the game because he will not be denied the ball.
Defense
The Bears still have the ability to take the ball away from their opponents like few other teams in the NFL. They had five against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Three, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Linebacker Lance Briggs is a non-stop tackling machine but the loss of defensive tackle Henry Melton (ACL tear) will hurt badly.
Winner The Lions make mistakes on the defensive side of the ball, but they come to play with a nasty attitude. Opponents are going to play with just a bit of fear in their hearts when they know they will see Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley across the line from them. Stephen Tulloch is an underrated linebacker while cornerback Chris Houston had seven tackles and an interception against the Redskins.
Special Teams
Winner The Bears have the ability to turn the game around with special teams. Robbie Gould is perhaps the most consistent kicker in the league and he excels from long distance. Explosive Devin Hester is back in his preferred role as return specialist and that should pay off for Chicago in this game.
The Lions tend to struggle with their coverage and containment of opponents special teams and that will hurt in this game. David Akers was one of the most dangerous kickers in the game during his prime with Philadelphia, but he no longer has the consistency and that could cost Detroit badly.

The Winner Is

bearscredit5.jpg
Winner Chicago Bears
3 out of 4

The Bears have three straight wins to open the season, but they still have not played their best game. Both teams have explosive offenses and the team that limits the big plays from the opponent’s passing game will likely come away with the win.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks pon during warm ups prior to their game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Liam Neeson attends the Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures with The Cinema Society screening of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on September 17, 2014 in New York City.
    Who Is Type-Casted More, Eli Manning Or Liam Neeson?

    Eli Manning always plays the same role. How does he compare to Liam Neeson, one of type-casting’s greats?

  2. ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Devin Hester #17 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.
    Is Devin Hester Or Amazon.com Better At Returns?

    Devin Hester of the Atlanta Falcons has an NFL record 20 returns for touchdown. But how does he stack up against Amazon?

  3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At New York Jets

    While Jay Cutler lacks consistency, he is capable of taking over any game and carrying the Bears with his strong arm when he gets on a roll.

See All Tales of the Tape
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,172 other followers