MATCHUPS TO WATCH: BEARS OFFENSE VS. LIONS DEFENSE
G Frank Omiyale vs. DTs Grady Jackson and Sammie Hill: The Midway Monsters are still looking to jell up front with three new starters, but most everyone is assuming tackles Orlando Pace and Chris Williams will be just fine. Omiyale, on the other hand, has never lined up at the guard position in his career and it shows, as the free-agent addition has not played very well and only got the starting gig because of the paper he was given by general manager Jerry Angelo in the offseason. While Hill is just a fourth-round rookie and should not pose much of a threat, Jackson is conservatively listed at 345 pounds and knows how to blow up a running game.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: LIONS OFFENSE VS. BEARS DEFENSE
TE Brandon Pettigrew vs. LB Jamar Williams: Stafford is fortunate to have a game-changing wideout like Calvin Johnson at his disposal, but a rookie QB develops quicker if he has a dependable tight end in the passing game. Pettigrew, like a Stafford a Round-1 selection this past April, was the best tight end in the draft and is oozing with physical tools at 6-5 and 263 pounds. It looks like Williams is going to be the starter at strong-side linebacker, so the special-teams ace will be charged with covering Pettigrew most of the day.
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John Crist: While I'm sure the Motor City Kool-Aid is quite delicious coming off the organization's first win since Week 16 of the 2007 campaign, keep in mind that the Redskins are in tailspin mode and coach Jim Zorn's pants burst into flames every time he sits down. Chicago, conversely, has won two straight against teams picked by most experts to take their respective divisions, plus a 3-1 mark at the bye would earn a passing grade for the first quarter of the schedule. Cutler tears up a poor secondary, and Stafford turns it over more than once. BEARS 26, LIONS 16.
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