Count me among the legions of fans who want to see the Bears go for the win Sunday.
And I am not just saying that because I will actually be attending the game. No, I say that because I always want to see my team win as many games as possible, draft picks be damned.
The Bears are likely to have a top 15 pick anyway so it doesn't much matter if they win, plus the team needs all the positives it can gather going into the offseason after yet another losing season that was filled was frustrations, disappointments and injuries.
Ryan Pace should be able to find talent regardless of where the team picks and yes I read Josh's article on the value of the higher draft picks but at the end of the day, it is still a crap shoot. Good teams can still draft good talent anywhere in the first round.
All that said though, Sunday will be no easy task. The Lions have won five straight in the series, meaning Lovie Smith was the last Chicago Bears coach to defeat the Lions. Also, the Bears have placed even more of their playmakers on injured reserve this week meaning that Jay Cutler will be throwing to a who's who of nobodies and Zach Miller. The defense will be as shorthanded as well.
The Bears and Lions are playing for nothing but pride and draft position but it would still be nice to avoid double-digit losses and look forward to 2016 knowing that the Bears didn't go 1-5 against the NFC North.
While the Bears are 4-0 (including preseason) all-time in games attended by yours truly, I am still a bit nervous about the prospect of Sunday's game. Which players will be the keys for a Chicago victory?
Matt Forte, RB - The Lions rank 19th against run, allowing 4.2 yards per carry, 113.1 yards per game and have let opponents rush for 18 touchdowns. This could be Forte's final game in a Bears uniform, which is actually really sad to type. Forte is no a doubt a top five all-time Bears RB and it would be awesome for him to go out on a big note. Langford is the future and he has been getting his carries but Forte deserves one final big game. Against Detroit, Forte has rushed for 1,135 yards and seven TDs (most against any opponent) and 75.7 yards per game (most of any division rival).
Kyle Fuller, CB - Fuller has been up and down in year two but has, for the most part, been up the past couple of weeks. The Lions rank 31st in rush offense but ninth in pass offense so it's no secret how Detroit wants to attack. Calvin Johnson will draw a lot of Tracy Porter but Megatron is having a down year by his standards. Fuller, on the other hand, will see a lot more of Golden Tate, who has had a bit of a resurgence the last few games (four TDs over the last three games). Tate on the year has 122 targets, 86 receptions, 779 yards and six TDs. Fuller needs to finish 2015 strong.
Charles Leno Jr., LT - Another player who needs to finish strong, Leno has performed way above anyone's expectations at the left tackle position. This week Leno will have his hands full against Lions left defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah has 13.5 sacks on the year and is an absolute beast. Leno will get some help but he will also have to show that he is up to the task alone at times as well. The ground game will be the key Sunday but the pass protection will be vital as well with such an inexperienced group of receivers.
Who do you think will be key for the Bears Sunday?