CHICAGO (CBS) — Riding a two-game winning streak, the Bears face the winless Lions in Detroit on Sunday, but Bears radio analyst Tom Thayer said Chicago can’t afford to underestimate an “extremely hungry” division opponent striving for its first victory.
Thayer told WBBM 780’s Josh Liss the Bears must respect the Lions just as they would the Packers, and they can’t afford to worry about what’s going on in Detroit, even after starting quarterback Matthew Stafford was benched last week.
“They’re a divisional opponent, they’re extremely hungry, their backs are up against the wall, and they have a quarterback who I believe that, even though he was pulled last week, should play this week, and I think the fan base and the players and the organization really want to support Matthew Stafford,” he said. “So, there’s a lot of scary elements leading into the game, and it’s about making sure that you’re prepared. Don’t worry about what’s going on in Detroit.”