How the Bears can target the Lions' weaknesses

How the Bears can target the Lions' weaknesses
October 22, 2012, 5:40 pm
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The 165th meeting between the Bears and Lions should be a good one as the stage of playing on Monday night should only intensify what has become a heated battle in recent years.
 
The Bears have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams, but tonight both teams will go in with a clean slate.
 
Offensively, the key for the Bears is easy: Handle Detroit's front four. The Lions are much improved on the defensive side of the ball, but their one weakness is giving up points. They ranked 24th in points allowed prior to this weekend's round of games.
 
The weather could very well play a factor, which may give an edge to the Bears' running game. You can be certain Mike Tice has a game plan to get the ball out of Jay Cutler's hand quickly. He does not want to risk the types of hits Ndamukong Suh and company are capable of delivering.
 
Defensively, the Bears have to avoid big plays in the Lions' passing game, which may be what hurts Detroit. If it is rainy and windy, those deep throws down the field become much less effective. In their last meeting of 2011 at Soldier Field, the Bears forced six takeaways, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Turnovers could be key once again as they usually are in every NFL game.
 
If it's really a messy, field expect both teams to play for filed position.