When the Chicago Bears travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions in Week 4, they will have an opportunity to widen their lead in the NFC North. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
All is well for quarterback Jay Cutler in Chicago, as he and coach Marc Trestman seem to have the offense clicking. Cutler didn't have to do much to preserve a Week 3 win in Pittsburgh, as his defense stepped up and scored two touchdowns, and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush both found the end zone on the ground.
As usual, the air attack in Chicago goes through the hands of receiver Brandon Marshall, who was shut down in Week 3 by Ike Taylor, yet still leads all Bears receivers with 20 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns this season. He managed 11 catches for 123 yards and one touchdown in two games against the Lions last year.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is on fire to start the season, averaging just over 340 passing yards per game after three weeks. His 1,020 passing yards total ranks him fifth in the league and he's thrown just two interceptions, in comparison to six touchdowns, this year.
Stafford will have to go up against the Bears staunch defense without receiver Nate Burleson, who recently broke his arm in a car accident. Burleson will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Broyles, who is will fill in for Burleson despite having to deal with injuries to both of his knees early on this season.
On the ground, the Lions will rely on Joique Bell and Reggie Bush, who will be in the lineup after missing the team's Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins. Both backs have added a much-needed ground attack to the Lions' offense and seem to have no trouble putting up fantasy numbers in a timeshare situation.