In last year’s 37-27 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the Bears limped into Detroit with an entirely different secondary than the one that started that season opener in San Diego.
In 2007, the Bears were beat up the week before they played the Lions by a physical NFC East opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. This year, it was the Philadelphia Eagles that beat up some Bears players.
Last year, we saw the likes of Kevin Payne, Brandon McGowan, Danieal Manning, Trumaine McBride, and Ricky Manning Jr. This year, we could see McBride and Corey Graham starting at corner if Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman can’t go. It’s a scary thought going up against a pass-heavy offense that boasts 6-5 Calvin Johnson and 6-3 Roy Williams.
Even though the Bears had a brand new secondary, they still controlled the game last year for the first three quarters, only to give up 34 points in the fourth quarter, a franchise record.
Doesn’t that sound familiar? Twice this year, the Bears have already blown fourth quarter leads.
This is a game the Bears should win and it’d be very disappointing if they couldn’t follow through. The entire secondary better be ready.