Dalton: There is absolutely a chance. Any given Wednesday...er, I mean Sunday (sorry Bill). What was so huge about the win against the Saints was that it gave the Lions a little bit of breathing room. That being said, they shouldn't overlook the Bears. That defense isn't as bad as what people think. If Chicago wins, fire up the “Get rid of Caldwell” machine.
Tim: Why did our defense look so good last week?
Dalton: Teryl Austin put together one of his best game planning performances of the year. Give a lot of credit to him for putting our guys in the right position to make plays. Give credit to our defensive guys who actually made the plays. And give a little bit of love to the offense for controlling ball for 13 more minutes than the Saints and keeping Drew Brees off the field. Complete team victory.
Tim: Should we give Matt Prater some love? Doesn’t he look like a fat-faced Nick Swardson?
Dalton: Yes, absolutely. Most loveable guy on the team. And he is Nick Swardson’s older brother. You can't tell me otherwise.
Tim: What are you looking for from the Lions this week? Do they need to make another statement like they did against the Saints and win by two scores or more?
Dalton: They don't have to go out there and dominate. It would be very reassuring of them if they did, but as long as they win they will be alright. But, if they go out and win in convincing fashion, like they should, then they will inspire a lot of hope for a playoff victory.
Dalton: This week’s game is tough. Not a whole lot to talk about but how can Detroit lose this game?
Tim: Well when we lost to the Bears earlier this season, I think the score was 16-13 (too lazy to look it up for accuracy). If our offense kind of sputters, which it has done plenty of this year, or Prater misses an extra point (again, it has happened a couple time this year), I could see a similar result. I don’t think Matt Barkley is going to do anything remotely spectacular, so as long as our offense is competent, the Lions will win.
Dalton: Seattle and Green Bay plays this weekend. Seattle is in front of Detroit for a first round bye but Green Bay is Detroit’s biggest opponent for the NFC North. Who are you rooting for?
Tim: Tough one, here, because both teams have obnoxious fan bases, with the “12s” in Seattle legitimately believing they’re part of the team, and the fans in Green Bay believing they are “owners” and not simply disgusting human beings who reek of cheese and Milwaukee’s Best. I’ll say Seattle, though. We’ll deal with them in the playoffs.
Dalton: Can Jim Caldwell, if he leads this team to an NFC North crown, win Coach of the Year?
Tim: Possibly, but I feel like this year all awards go to the Cowboys. Gonna be tough to rip that title away from Jason Garrett with his two rookies playing as well as they are.
Dalton: Tell me why I don’t like Jay Cutler again?
Tim:I seem to remember you telling me you despise people with diabetes before.
**EDITOR’S NOTE: I do NOT hate people with the D-word. Some of my best friends are diabetic. Love you grandma.**
Dalton: Lions win this in convincing fashion. I feel this team is so focused right now that they will roll over an inferior team. 35-10 Detroit.
Tim: Kiss my ass Ditka. Someone get John Fox some lotion for his permanently wind burnt face. The Bears suck. 42-13 Lions.
**ANOTHER EDITOR’S NOTE: “Suck my Ditka”. Not gonna miss an opportunity to use that one.**