The Chicago Bears are coming off an epic Monday Night Football victory over the Green Bay Packers last week, but fortunately for them their next Midwest showdown takes place at home in Soldier Field. Today at 1pm EST / 10am PST, the Bears host the Detroit Lions in an epic battle of 5-3 teams. These teams each have tradition, honor and grit on their side, which is partially why the ESPN experts are split on who will win. It’s definitely a game to see on FOX if you can, but if you’re unable to you can watch Lions vs Bears game live online free streaming using one of several different methods.
Late Thursday, doctors cleared Bears QB Jay Cutler to play against the Lions, and Chicago head coach Marc Trestman announced almost immediately that Cutler will start today against Detroit. Cutler’s Thursday practice was his first full practice since suffering a torn groin against the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. Because the Bears had a bye week in Week 8, Cutler has technically only missed one game, but he’s bound to have a bit more “rust” than anyone else on a Chicago squad that last played six days ago.
In fact, if there’s any rust on Soldier Field today, it’s likely to come from the Detroit Lions, who had a bye week last Sunday following their big win over Big D (the Dallas Cowboys). Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, better known by most NFL fans as Megatron, was anything but rusty in his last outing as he lit up the Cowboys secondary for a record day. You may recall that Megatron’s performance, in fact, inspired plenty of conspiracy theories about a certain Cowboys wide receiver’s sideline tantrum being related to a lack of touches from Tony Romo. It’ll be interesting to see how Johnson responds this week against the Bears secondary, which is giving up 253.6 yards per game in the air.
When you watch Lions vs Bears game live online free streaming you’ll have to look for signs of rust from Lions RB Reggie Bush, too. Through eight games, Bush has had a career year. He currently ranks third in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (121.9), and against the Cowboys he accounted for 122 yards, nailing his seasonal average. Reggie Bush can’t afford to be rusty today, though, as the Lions defense is particularly stingy on the ground, giving up only 108.5 yards per game.
The big story for the Bears today, though, will be Cutler’s return. The injured QB’s return for the Bears Lions game today at 1pm EST / 10am PST comes at a crucial time for Chicago. The Bears are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North, and although backup Josh McCown got the Bears a road victory against the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Chicago will have a better chance of winning today’s game against the Lions with Cutler as their starting QB. Even after missing time, Cutler has the ninth-best QBR so far this season, according to ESPN, so having him back will be a moral victory for sure, and perhaps be key to delivering a literal one as well.
If you can’t catch the game on FOX, you can watch Lions vs Bears game live online free streaming on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package. The package requires a subscription, but anyone who has one can watch the live streaming version free of any game, including today’s 1pm EST / 10am PST game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. The teams may be from the Midwest, but the intrigue and implications are nationwide in scope.