It is far from a shock that Lovie Smith turns to his No. 2 to play like a No. 1 Monday night in San Francisco. Aside from landing a No. 1 receiver, it was first-year general manager Phil Emery’s mission to land a number two quarterback during free agency.
Andre Johnson feels Sunday night’s showdown with the Bears at Soldier Field, may be the “biggest” game in the decade long history of the franchise.
It’s telling that before being named NFC defensive player of the week in consecutive games for his performance against Jacksonville and Detroit, Charles Tillman had not been recognized for his work since 2005.
“Bad blood” exists between the Bears and Lions, simple as that. Short memories and short fuses in a powder keg environment could lead to some entertaining and interesting confrontations.
In his 216th NFL game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Patrick Mannelly begins a record 15th season with the Bears.