Tillman and Vasher Appear Ready, Aim To Silence Loud and Roaring Lions Aerial Attack: Good news for the Bears Friday, as both starting corner backs fully participated in the team’s practice session. The recovering Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Nathan Vasher (hand) have to embrace themselves for Sunday afternoon’s NFC North battle against the Lions if they target to suit up, as they will have to contain the talented dynamic duo of Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams at Ford Field. For Tillman and Vasher, who need to bring their “A-Game”, it will surely be a daunting task and a tall (figuratively and literally) order, one in which the Bears need their two Pro-Bowl caliber money-making defensive backs to be present, if they want to contain Detroit’s passing game and improve to 3-2.
Back-Up Plan(s): I have no ill feelings or doubts in Corey Graham, Danieal Manning, or Trumaine McBride, but I rather have the tandem of Tillman and Vasher, even if they’re playing hurt (which they will be), than a depleted secondary which would be without them. Ball hawks Mike Brown and Kevin Payne have to keep their eyes open and look to prey (attack) upon any Detroit receiver that comes via their way – entering the middle of their area, where they need to deliver crushing hits and come through with key interceptions if they want to strike fear, keep the game within reach, and disrupt the Lions offense. The combination of Brown and Payne will be vital in limiting Detroit’s red zone visits and trips to the end zone, which could ultimately turn this into a high scoring shootout – something the Bears don’t want to partake in because if they do, this has the making of an upset.
Enough Ammunition? On the offensive of the ball, Brandon Lloyd’s void should be filled by veteran Marty Booker (knee, practiced, will play) and possession guy Rashied Davis, but I feel that the Windy City Flyer has to be licking his chops with all the passes and opportunities that will be his for the taking with Lloyd out. I just hope we get our first chance to see Earl Bennett, who would be making his first NFL showing – it’s time to see the reason why we drafted the former Vanderbilt Commodore in the 3rd round. One thing is for sure, Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark will be asked to do more than they’ve been usually accustomed and asked to, so that means the pass catching tight ends have to step in order for Kyle Orton and the Bears to be successful and make “enough” plays in the passing department for a victory against the winless, yet dangerous Lions.