Lions' Raiola to Melton: He's a clown


Lions' Raiola to Melton: He's a clown

Henry Melton made several derogatory comments about Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola on Wednesday, before the Bears defensive tackle was announced as a Pro Bowl starter. Melton said Raiola was old and a dirty player but one who did more chirping than acting.
Hes old and he just talks, Melton said.
And he listens.
Raiola declared Melton a clown in my book, reported Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Raiola mocked Meltons selection to the Pro Bowl over the likes of Detroit teammate Ndamukong Suh and Minnesotas Kevin Williams.
This guy made the Pro Bowl? Raiola marveled. Over Kevin Williams, who worked through injuries all year? Over Suh, whos a better player than this guy? Come on.
Its tiresome, especially from a guy like this, a guy that didnt even play the last two weeks...In my book, hes a clown. Thats all I got.

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents. 

That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?

The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room). 

So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure. 

Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return. 

“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”

If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length. 

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma ( and Matt Zahn (CBS 2) join Kap on the panel. If the Bears lose badly to the Lions, should Sunday be John Fox’s last game? 

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