Lions' defense to put game in Cutler's hands

Lions' defense to put game in Cutler's hands
October 22, 2012, 8:46 pm
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As the Lions take on the Bears tonight at Soldier Field in adivisional matchup with potential post-season implications, the Lions defenseaims to be the deciding factor in Monday nights contest. M Live reporterJustin Rogers suggests that the Lions should focus on QB Jay Cutler in order tosucceed. Cutler has been underwhelmingso far this season after being reunited with WR Brandon Marshall. Through sevengames, Cutler has completed on 59 percent of his passes for a 78.7 rating alongwith seven interceptions.

Cutler is prone to making mistakes whether he is pressuredor not, wrote Rogers. The Bears offensive line has been shaky and the Detroitdefensive line is coming off its best performance of the season...Detroit needsto do what it did to Michael Vick and deliver a few hits to Cutler early,making him uncomfortable in the pocket.

While Cutler will be the main focus, Lions cornerback Chris Houstonhas made a habit lately of shutting down the oppositions top wide receivers the past fewweeks. Recent victims include Tennessee's Kenny Britt, Minnesota's Percy Harvin, and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson.The Lions premier corner draws a tough match-up this week as 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver Brandon Marshall has five inches and more than 50 pounds on Houston. The secret toHoustons success is preparation. In a recent conversation with Dave Birkett ofthe Detroit Free-Press, Houston shared his recipe for success.

Houston said he spends an extra 4 hours or so nightly,usually 6-10 p.m., watching film of his opponent for the week. First he watchesan entire game, then receivers individually, then he delves into specificcutups, the offense in certain down and distance situations or by hash splits.

The Bears will have their own defensive agenda this eveningagainst Calvin Johnson. Detroit News reporter Josh Katzenstein points out thatsince 2010, Megatron has had a lot of success against the Bears. In his pastthree games, Johnson is averaging five catches for 92.3 yards with twotouchdowns.