Well here we go. On the eve of the 2010 football season, we prepare to face Jay Cutler and the Bears. The Bears have improved on the d-line by adding Julius Peppers, and they get Urlacher back so they will be a bit formidable on that side of the ball, however they are not exactly causing Calvin Johnson to lose sleep with the DB's they intend to put out there. If they intend to double him (and they'd better), then Burleson will eat these yahoos alive. Bryant Johnson is going to be the best 3 in the division with his height and leaping ability around the end zone. The Bears have Daniel Manning and that's it like we have Lou Delmas and that's it. Fortunately for us Devin Hester is no Calvin Johnson. Unfortunately for us, Zack Follet is no Lance Briggs. But we all know the key to the game will be can the Lions keep Stafford upright and can the Bears keep Cutler upright. The Bears o-line is horrible, even Kruetz is on the decline. KVB and Suh are gonnna have a field day against these guys. We have gotten better on the line with Sims playing next to Backus on the left, but the right side is still sketchy. The tight ends are a wash but they may have us in the backfield with Forte, Taylor and Des Clark at fullback. Best is a future star, but he is alone back there because Smith is still battling the effects of his injury. And the other guys don't stand out enough to warrant serious consideration. Our strengths this year will be getting after the QB and scoring points. Stafford is ready. He looks like a four or five year vet out there now, and that is what you want from a first round pick one: being ready to be the man in two years instead of five like a normal player would. Cutler still is trying to prove himself in year six. Stafford already looks better than him. I think we can be better than the Bears this year. On paper, we are actually quite evenly matched considering all the players and the coaching systems, but we are younger and faster (i know how that may sound to some of the die hard fans like crazy-talk, but it is true, watch the games). We will put up points this year. Best may be the rookie of the year (no bull; kid has got mad crazy juke moves) and Suh already has opposing QB's telling blockers to "look out for that guy over there!!" But we are paper thin and cannot afford any injuries, serious or otherwise. Not exactly a recipe for success in a violent, collision filled sport where every hit may be your last. What we need to be is opportunisitc. If we score points in ways that are not related to the offense (defense, returns, etc) and constantly pressure the other QB when they go to passing to try and catch up, we can create turnovers and short field situations. We got weapons now. Megatron, Staff, Nate B., J. Best, Suh, KVB, Delmas...they are all legitimate NFL weapons. We have got to find ways to utilize them and make teams fear them. The mission starts now. We have got to RESTORE the ROAR!!!