WEEK 7 - Game of the Week - PREVIEW

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  1. majesty95

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    NOTE: I was going to do New England vs NY Jets but they played before I could post it, lol


    With the emergence of the Lions last year as a playoff team, this traditionally one-sided rivalry took on an increased significance. Not only are the two teams expected to challenge Green Bay for the NFC North division crown, they could very also well be competing against each other for a will card berth should the Packers repeat as division champs. This is the first of the two meetings between these two teams and a tone will be set for the rest of the season.

    Last Week

    This Lions dropped a heartbreaker in Philadelphia last week. Although the way the game developed is unknown due the Eagles press secretary failing to release a game summary, it was in all likelihood a fantastic game that ended 22-21 in the Eagles favor. Matthew Stafford, however, struggled yet again and threw four interceptions. The Lions' defense was also lackluster in the loss, allowing 402 offensive yards to Philly.

    The Bears had a bye last week but are coming off an impressive 28-17 win over Jacksonville in Week 5. Drew Brees threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns versus the Jaguars while the Bears' defense held Jacksonville to only 248 yards. The performance was one of the better ones by the Bears this season and they are looking to build off of that momentum versus the Lions.

    Keys to the Game

    Matthew Stafford has to have a good game for the Lions to have a shot at wining. So far this year, Stafford has thrown for nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Last year Stafford threw 16 interceptions the entire season. He must turn his season around if the Lions intend on making a return trip to the playoffs.

    The Bears running back tandem of Darren Sproles and Michael Bush comes into the game averaging over five yards per carry collectively on the season. However, the Lions defense is allowing just under 100 yards per game through their first five games. The ability to control the clock and keep the Lions offense off of the field should they get hot will be critical for the Bears.

    What to Watch

    Red zone efficiency - Both teams rank among the bottom five teams in the league in red zone efficiency. Chicago, while managing 16 trips inside their opponent's 20-yard line, have only scored seven touchdowns and have walked away without points five times. The Lions, meanwhile, have made 13 trips to their opponents red zone and have also walked away scoreless five times. Both teams are likely to see 3 trips inside their opponent's 20-yard line, so whoever can convert those trips into the most points will likely walk away the victor.

    Line

    Bears -2 O/U 49

    Prediction

    This game is going to be all about which quarterback gets hot. Both Stafford and Drew Brees are capable of lighting up the scoreboard, however each has struggled with turnovers. The Bears defense has been slightly better this year and Stafford has certainly not played very well. For that reason, the Bears are going to come out on top in a close game that will be decided in the final minutes.

    Week 6 Content of the Week

    There is no content of the week winner for Week 6 mostly because only four owners posted game recaps and two of those were previous winners. Let's do better this week.​
    Week 6 Sim Game of the Week
    Bills 27, Cardinals 24​
    Balance was the theme of this AFC vs NFC showdown as Buffalo came out on top for their first win of the year.​
    Team Stats
    Offensive Yards: BUF 324, ARI 317​
    Rushing Yards: BUF 91, ARI 46​
    Passing Yards: BUF 233, ARI 271​
    Individual Leaders
    M. Sanchez, BUF 16-26, 241 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT​
    J. Skelton, ARI 16-34, 299 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT​
    F. Jackson, BUF 21 car, 92 yds, 4.4 avg, 1 TD​
    B. Wells, ARI 11 car, 37 yds, 3.4 avg​
    F. Jackson, BUF 5 rec, 40 yds​
    S. Johnson, BUF 4 rec, 61 yds, 1 TD​
    A. Roberts, ARI 10 rec, 179 yds, 1 TD​
    Week 5 Sim Stat Line of the Week
    Matt Cassel, KC YungLew15 10-19, 103 yds, 2 TD​
     
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  2. thoov08

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    Great write up. This could very well decide who finishes second to me in the division.
     
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