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Bears vs. Lions: Detroit's 'banged-up secondary' opens chances for Jay Cutler

With a banged up secondary, the Detroit Lions could have a tough time stopping Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night.

Jonathan Daniel

With two weeks to prepare, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is likely salivating at the opportunity to carve up an ailing Detroit Lions secondary on Monday night. The Lions have one of the better run defenses in the NFL, but a run-of-the-mill pass defense could end up costing them against the Bears.

Cutler didn't put up big numbers to start the season, but the quarterback has begun to find a comfort zone of late in Mike Tice's offense. In his past two games, both easy wins for Chicago, Cutler has completed 41 of 63 passes for 567 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

The Lions have the 16th-best pass defense in the league according to yards allowed, but that fails to recognize the team's inability to force sacks and interceptions. Detroit has just two interceptions this year, tied for the fewest in the NFL, and 12 sacks, tied for 20th in the league.

It also doesn't help Detroit's cause that cornerback Jacob Lacey will miss the game with an injury. Considering that quarterbacks have put up a 94.8 quarterback rating against the Lions this season, Cutler is likely hoping to improve upon his current 78.7 rating on the national stage.