By Nick Shepkowski–
Obviously the Bears are better than most thought they would be entering the 2010 season but are they good enough to win the Super Bowl?
“I think so. You’ve got to believe that, you know if you don’t believe that there is no reason in playing right now” said Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler when asked that very question on Wednesday.
It was the loudest endorsement you’ll hear but there is no doubt Cutler and the Bears are feeling better about themselves after disposing of the Eagles this past Sunday.
“You could tell what it meant to that team (the Bears) in the locker room afterwards and how excited everyone was. In the back of everyone’s mind we got some respect by beating a team like that.”
Until now we hadn’t heard Lovie Smith or the majority of other Bears talk about their latest victory being anything other than “just another win.”
The Bears travel to Detroit to take on the Lions on Sunday and a win would would improve them to 4-0 versus their division. Despite the Lions 2-9 record, Cutler and company will face a defensive line that isn’t afraid to get after the quarterback as they’ve recorded 29 sacks on the season which ranks them ninth in the entire NFL.
“Really good defensive line; they’ve got [Ndamukong] Suh and some really good pass rushers” said Cutler of the defensive front the Bears will face on Sunday.
Despite the strong pass rush Detroit has been able to get this season they’re still allowing 224.9 pass yards per game in 2010, ranking them 18th in the league and worst in the NFC North. The 20 touchdowns they’ve allowed through the air are the eighth most in the NFL.
To make matters worse for the Lions, their rush defense ranks 9th worst in the league as they yield 128.6 yards on the ground per game.
The Bears will have options in how they go about attacking Detroit’s defense on Sunday, whether its through the air or more on the ground. The numbers don’t lie though, the suddenly upstart Bears offense should be able to move the ball against the Lions, no matter which way they plan to primarily attack.