After allowing the Detroit Lions to score 27 points in the second quarter, the Chicago Bears hope to rebound against a tough undefeated New Orleans Saints squad.
“There are no moral victories, but I thought our guys played tough for the last 30 minutes of that game,” Chicago coach Mark Trestman said.
The Saints are coming off an impressive 38-17 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins and are looking to get off to a 5-0 start. The Saints happen to hold the record for longest undefeated season opening (13-0 in 2009)
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has drawn a $5,000 fine from the NFL for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night’s 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bennett, who was playing for the first time since Week 2 following a chest injury, said he probably won’t wear the shoes against the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
“They say they will double the fine, so, it would be 10 grand,” Bennett said. “And I don’t think my wife would like that.”
Bennett was asked if he got an explanation for what was wrong with the cleats.
“They were too orange I guess,” he said.
BEARS (2-2) AT LIONS (4-0)
8:30 p.m., ESPN
Line: Lions by 5
Lost in the excitement over the Detroit Lions’ 4-0 start is this shocking news item out of Chicago: the Bears have a fullback.
That’s right, Mike Martz finally broke down and got himself a player who can protect the quarterback and help with run blocking.
The new fullback, Tyler Clutts, is a 26-year-old rookie who played in the Canadian Football League, the only place on earth where a fullback is more irrelevant than in Martz’s playbook. Clutts has somehow earned playing time, and he responded with a big block on Matt Forte’s 46-yard run and some other quiet-but-significant contributions last week against the Carolina Panthers.
Clutts is part of Martz’s latest effort to not lapse into complete self-parody: the Bears ran the ball, frequently and effectively, against the Panthers. Emphasizing the run and keeping Clutts at Jay Cutler’s side against the Lions’ defensive line on Monday will also be a wise move: the first-round pick Nick Fairley is expected to play, meaning the Lions now have two defensive tackles (along with Ndamukong Suh) who are hard to block and treat roughing-the-passer penalties as something of a dare.