Enemy and the Eye Candy

Bears vs. Lions Week 4: The Enemy & Eye Candy

All I have to say is, rx DA BEARS! I had a good feeling about this season, but I can’t say that I anticipated a 3-0 start. Scoring 40 points against a Steelers defense that has historically been very effective was huge for Chicago, but that’s not what I was most happy with in last Sunday’s win. The fact that Cutler and co. managed to not turn the ball over AT ALL, was truly impressive.

Next up is the Detroit Lions and I can honestly say that I see the Bears getting another W. The Lions are currently 2-1, thanks to this week’s enemy, so let’s get to know him a little better.

THE LIONS ENEMY

Calvin Johnson

This week’s enemy is wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Chicago’s very own Charles “Peanut” Tillman is even raving about him. Last year Johnson set an NFL record for receiving yardage and also averaged 133 yards a game, but not when matched up with Tillman. The Bears cornerback held Johnson to 34 yards and 72 yards in their two meetings in 2012.

It is still unclear if Tillman will participate in this Sunday’s game. He didn’t practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable, which makes Johnson that much more of a threat against our undefeated Bears. Let’s breakdown a few more reasons why.

  • At the start of this week Johnson was also deemed as questionable but that has since changed to probable, so the Bears definitely need to be prepared for this explosive wide receiver. The 6′ 5″ receiver, who wears #81, has tallied three touchdowns for the Lions so far this season. He is averaging 15.8 yards per carry, with 268 total yards.
  • With 17 receptions Johnson is actually trailing teammate Nate Burleson by two but unlike Burleson he has managed to garner points from his receptions.

THE LIONS EYE CANDY

A Joseph Fauria “selfie”

This week I chose to feature tight end Joseph Fauria, who was signed by Detroit as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2013.

I’m pretty sure the ladies of Detroit already have this rookie on their radar, however this fine specimen is new to most of us Chicago gals, so let’s take a closer look.

The 6′ 7″ tight end is definitely handsome but even better, he apparently has a sense of humor as well. In last week’s win against the Washington Redskins Fauria tallied his second TD of the season and afterward performed a short version of the ‘N Sync dance to their hit “Bye Bye Bye” to celebrate.

Jimmy Fallon, the host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” promised to donate money to a charity in honor of the first player to perform the ‘N Sync dance after he and Justin Timberlake’s End Zone spoof on the late show. Fallon is sticking to his word and is donating $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. How awesome!

Check out the video below of his first TD dance against Minnesota, it is definitely worth it.

Johnson and Fauria are just part of an improved and dangerous Lions offense that have been preparing for the Bears all week long. The Bears D will have their hands full stopping the Lions passing and running game on Sunday, but I’m still going with the Bears coming out of the Motor City at 4-0 on Sunday.

Kickoff is at noon on Sunday in Detroit. LET’S GO BEARS.

 

About the author: Lara Khalaf is a loud and proud ginger hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign and is now pursuing her dream career in Chicago. Her love for Chicago sports, namely the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs comes from her grandfather. She’s the last person you want to get into a Bears vs. Packers debate with. As a cheerleader, she was actually benched for excessive celebration. When she isn’t watching her teams, you can find her drooling over the latest Bachelor or the food on Top Chef. You can follow her at @larakhalaf.

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