Martellus Bennett, who landed on Friday’s injury report with a quad injury that has the tight end questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, has little difficulty being blunt. And Bennett’s perspective on playing an 0-5 team (Detroit) is not that the Lions are abysmal so much is that but for a handful of plays, a 2-3 Bears team might have been looking at precisely that record.
“It's the NFL,” Bennett said. “I mean, we could easily be 0-5 right now. There's just a couple plays here and there.”
Which is typically the way in the NFL, any year. And those plays involve turnovers for the most part.
Of the 18 teams with a zero or minus- turnover ratio, only one (Indianapolis 3-2) has a winning record after five weeks of NFL season. And the Colts have undefeated New England coming up Sunday night.
The Lions are 30th in turnover ratio at minus-6; the Bears, whose four takeaways are tied for third-fewest in the NFL, are at minus-3.
“I think turnovers probably hurt them a little bit,” Bennett said, not specifically mentioning quarterback Matthew Stafford’s three interceptions and benching last Sunday in Detroit’s loss to Arizona.
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The Lions had their way with the Bears the past two seasons, winning four straight. Coincidentally perhaps, the first of those was a 40-32 unraveling, at Detroit, after the Bears had opened the Marc Trestman era with three straight wins. That game featured three Jay Cutler interceptions and the Bears losing one of two fumbles.
“It's a division game so records really don't count,” Bennett said. “The last couple of years they have had our number so I'm hoping that this isn't a game that Matthew and Calvin [Johnson] and all those guys start clicking. So we're going to try to go in there and get another win.”