In 11 days, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears will kick off their 2010 season at Soldier Field. There is this overlying feeling that "assuming" the Lions are the underdog is flawed logic. In fact, fans of BOTH ball clubs are starting to debate the outcome of the game now...Along those lines, here are two relevant exchanges Kevin Seifert of ESPN had Tuesday afternoon with a couple friends on his chat blog:
Thinking my Bears are going down to those Lions in week #1. Can't believe I'm saying the kid [Matthew] Stafford is better than [Jay] Cutler.
Kevin Seifert (2:22 PM)
I think that's going to be a really interesting game. I'm not sure if I put Stafford ahead of Cutler, but I could see the Lions going into Soldier Field and stealing one.
Joe (Lincoln Park, MI)
Is it really an upset if the Lions beat the Bears week 1? I know it's @ Soldier Field, but the Bears aren't exactly a much better team than the Lions, even if they won a few more games last season.
Kevin Seifert (2:27 PM)
I'm sure the Bears will be favored in Vegas, and the truth is that the Lions' defense is in as much in chaos as the Bears offense. This could be one of those 41-38 type of games.
Perhaps it's just Week 1 excitement, but I can't remember this kind of anticipation for a Lions-Bears game since Roy Wiliams called out the 2006 Bears and said they "would get a victory in Solider Field."
Bears fans take solace in the fact that it's the Lions and they are a rebuilding team. Lions fans take heart in the fact that the Bears have looked bad this preseason (I can't blame them).
Here's the question: Should Lions fans believe that they can beat a Bears team that appears to be struggling and out of tune after almost 3 months of offseason workouts?
They'll be plenty more to say about this game, but it's clear the juices are already flowing.