Through ten games of the 2023 season, the Chicago Bears are nowhere near where we hoped they’d be. No one was seriously talking championships for this team during the offseason, but expectations were higher than just three wins on November 18.
The opening loss to the Packers deflated us, and we flatlined the next few weeks watching our favorite team fall to 0-4.
The week five 40 to 20 Thursday night win in Washington gave us a spike in confidence, but it was just the start of a roller coaster run up to last Thursday night and the narrow win against the Panthers.
There may be 39% of us confident the Bears are back on track, but the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions are waiting in the wings to jolt us back down to reality.
Lion fans have been riding high all year thanks to a strong finish to their 2022 campaign, plus a season-opening win in K.C. against the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs. Their only two losses this season came in a week two overtime shootout against Seattle and a week seven drubbing in Baltimore that may have given the Bears a blueprint on how to attach Detroit’s defense.
At 7-2, the Lions are one of the best teams in the NFL through 10 weeks, and their fans expect an eighth win on Sunday against the Bears.
The Pride of Detroit Reacts survey question for their readers only had 2% of their fans even thinking the Bears had a chance at the upset, and those could have been some wandering Chicago fans popping on their site to vote.
With Justin Fields back for the Bears, the spread has dropped to 7.5 points in favor of Detroit, but the Lions are a better team from top to bottom and should come out with the win.
However, on any given Sunday...
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