CHICAGO BEARS (5-3)
Sked: DET, BALT, @STL, @Min, DALL, @Cle, @Phi, GB
DETROIT LIONS (5-3)
Sked: @Chi, @Pitt, TB, GB, @Phi, BALT, NYG, @Minn
How It Could Happen: If the Lions win in Chicago this weekend, they'll sweep the season series, hop into the NFC North driver's seat and maybe even have a chance at a 2-seed. Vegas made the game a pick'em, which means they'd favor Detroit by three on a neutral field. Even Chicago fans don't think this Bears team is good. Then again, couldn't you see them winning one of those super Bearsy home games on Sunday — a kick-return TD, tons of momentum, then a Cutler pick-six, then Forte ripping off a 60-yard TD, then Megatron catching a pseudo–Hail Mary in triple coverage, then the Bears somehow pulling it out in the last three minutes because of a dumb penalty or something — and just kind of hanging around? I'm prepared for anything.
Why It Won't Happen: Because Bears fans are asking each other, "How the hell are we 5-3?" And because Lions fans are asking each other, "Seriously, how the hell are we gonna screw this up?"
The Verdict: I don't believe in the Bears. You know who I believe in? The Lions of Detroit. I believe that their comeback victory against Dallas was the most important thing that's ever happened to Matt Stafford. I believe Calvin Johnson is the biggest non-QB game-changer in football. I believe we're headed for a December of "Ndamukong Suh is a DOMINANT defensive player" stories. I believe in any schedule that — if they get by the Bears — yields seven non-playoff teams.
Most of all, I believe in omens … and if you don't think Megatron Nowitzki winning the 2013 World Series of Poker 24 hours after Aaron Rodgers went down wasn't a good omen for the 2013 Detroit Lions, you're kidding yourself. I say no for the Bears and yes for the Lions.
LONG LIVE MEGATRON NOWITZKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/994 ... e-18-limbo