Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 30, 2010 @ 4:32 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's Week 13 battle between the Bears and Lions.

Bears' interior offensive linemen vs. Lions DTs Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams

After shuffling players in and out through most of the first half of the season, the Bears have established some continuity on the offensive line, starting the same front five in each of the past four games. The interior of that line — OLG Chris Williams, C Olin Kreutz and ORG Roberto Garza — has looked like a more cohesive group of late, but keeping Suh and Williams from knifing into the backfield to disrupt QB Jay Cutler or blow up a running play will be tough.

Suh, who usually lines up on the left side, already has eight sacks this season and he'll frequently draw a double-team from Kreutz and Garza, leaving Corey Williams in a one-on-one that he needs to exploit. He has the strength to push Chris Williams backward. Suh seems to cut down on errors with each week and while he gets more attention for making sacks, he's very stout against the run. Detroit would still like him to be more consistent.

While the interior D-line is a strength for Detroit, its linebacking corps is a clear weakness. The Lions are more vulnerable to getting beat off the edges, so Chicago may avoid running up the middle and focus on attacking the "D" with pitches and off-tackle running plays.