The Detroit Lions will play host to the Chicago Bears in an NFC North match during Week 4 of the regular season. While the Bears have been very impressive over the first few weeks of the season, the Lions present a tough task and they are heading in to the game as a very motivated team.
Detroit, who sits just below the Bears in the divisional standings, plans to pressure Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and put him on his back early and often in an effort to get him off his game.
“That’s every week,” Fairley said, via the Detroit News. “Any quarterback we play, that’s our goal, to hit him early and try to get him off his game. We’ve got a good game plan coming into this one. I think we’re going to be able to do that early.”
The Bears have done a great job at protecting Cutler this season and that has directly led to some early success for their offense, but the Lions are confident that they unit has the skill it takes to get after the quarterback and force him in to some mistakes.
“We know coming into this game that they’ll be three steps and getting the ball out real quick,” Fairley said. “As a defensive line, we can’t get down on ourselves. Just continue to rush real hard knowing the one time he holds that ball is the one time we are going to get there and take him down.”
If Chicago’s gameplan is successful, they could find themselves ending Sunday with a share of the NFC North lead and a win over the Bears.
It’s going to be fun to see how the young Bears line holds up.