Free Press sports activities writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez play Monday morning quarterback and look forward to this week’s Bears sport. Recorded Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, left, with Chicago Bears coach John Fox. The Lions journey to play the last-place Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.(Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP)

The Detroit Lions narrowly prevented dropping a lure sport towards the NFL’s worst workforce Sunday earlier than they mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Cleveland Browns. 

Then they did one thing much more spectacular and tried to spin a story about how nice the Zero-9 Browns are. Remember, the Browns’ house is a spot nicknamed “The Factory of Sadness.”

The Lions climbed a number of spots within the playoff hunt. But the one nationwide buzz they generated Monday got here from Glover Quin’s badertion that the Browns most likely have higher athletes than “25 out of the 32 groups within the league.” Coach Jim Caldwell additionally tried to clarify that the Browns have good gamers.

These are the issues groups inform themselves to really feel higher. They are justifications that excuse their very own shortcomings. 

Now, the Lions face one other lure sport this week in Chicago. Like the Browns, the Bears are an opponent the Lions ought to dominate. But how a lot confidence does anybody have that the Lions can do this?

The Lions are going to enter the spin cycle once more this week. What we gained’t hear from coaches and gamers is the plain. That Bears coach John Fox is getting ready to being fired. That the Bears are Three-6 and so hopeless that 5,624 followers skipped Sunday’s sport at Soldier Field towards their most-hated rival, the Green Bay Packers.

It was simply as properly. Those Bears followers didn’t have to sit down round and watch Mitchell Trubisky get sacked 5 occasions. Or watch their run sport rack up 55 yards in a 23-16 loss. Or watch the protection permit Brett Hundley, making the third begin of his profession, to put up a 110.eight pbader ranking.

The Bears stink like a Bear doing his enterprise within the woods. So, I’m going to do the Lions a favor and preemptively supply all the justifications they’re positive to supply this week for why the Bears are good. This means, the Lions don’t should waste any power developing with dumb concepts.  That’s why I’m right here: dumb concepts. You’re welcome, Lions.

Excuse No. 1: Division video games are at all times powerful

That’s a delusion perpetuated by the frequency of video games within the division. Just since you play an opponent typically and develop a specific amount of animosity towards them doesn’t imply the video games are powerful or that the opponents are good. The Bears, who’re Zero-Three towards the NFC North, are going to play the nail to each division opponents’ hammer the remainder of the season.

Excuse No. 2: The Bears have crushed good groups just like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers

If you need an immediate headache, watch the crime towards soccer in any other case referred to as the Bears’ 23-17 time beyond regulation win over Pittsburgh in September. If you need to watch somebody flip in a successful lottery ticket, watch security Eddie Jackson return two turnovers for 151 yards and touchdowns in a 17-Three win over Carolina.

Excuse No. Three: The Bears have an excellent protection

This one, I’m keen to offer on. But just a bit. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is the one factor saving the Bears’ bacon. The protection ranks ninth general, 10th towards the go, 16th towards the run and 13th in factors allowed per sport. They have good front-seven gamers in Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, Nick Kwiatkoski and Pernell McPhee. But linebacker Danny Trevathan has been harm and cornerback Kyle Fuller hasn’t lived as much as his first-round draft standing.

Excuse No. four: Soldier Field is a tricky place to play 

Sure, when Mike Ditka was prowling the sidelines and Mike Singletary was enjoying linebacker. But Soldier Field is simply a tricky venue now due to the horrible situation of its grbad, due to the Chicago Park District.

Excuse No. 5: John Fox is a veteran coach who has taken two groups to the Super Bowl

That’s true. It’s additionally true Fox is about to finish his head teaching profession after a three-year catastrophe that has made the Great Chicago Fire appear like a light flare-up by comparability. Fox and Caldwell threw two of the worst problem flags on Sunday. I’d prefer to see a showdown between the coaches, who meet in the course of the sphere at 20 paces to see who can provoke the dumber problem.

There is not any conceivable purpose for the Lions to lose Sunday in Chicago. No purpose in any respect. But that doesn’t imply the Lions gained’t attempt to present one.

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