The undefeated Detroit Lions (yes, you read that correctly) take on the Chicago Bears in a NFC North clash on the big stage in Detroit. This is the first time that the Lions have been on Monday Night Football since October 8, 2001 (10 years and two days for all of you keeping track at home).
Tonight’s game should be exciting as Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson seem to be clicking on all cylinders this season. Stafford has thrown for 1217 yards and 11 TDs, 321 of those yards and 8 of those TDs have gone to Johnson. Johnson is quickly emerging as one of the best receivers in the league while Stafford is beginning to show why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. These two are a lethal combination. The running game in Detroit is lacking as they rank 31st in the league in average rush yards per game in just under 75 rushing yards.
The Bears come into the game needing a win to solidify themselves as a contending team. The Bears are 2-2 and coming off a close five point victory over the surprising Carolina Panthers. The bears are not in top 22 in the league in passing yards, rushing yards, opponent passing yards, and opponent rushing yards. Needless to say, the Bears have been struggling and a win tonight would be a statement win for them. They need to get RB Matt Forte involved in every aspect of the offense to keep the Lions defense on their toes.
The game can be seen at 8:30 pm on ESPN.