Bears’ Henry Melton expects Lions to play “dirty” Sunday
The two-sides seem to have a long-prevailing bad blood between them that’s just been bubbling to the surface over the years. Last year’s on-field brawl was a true testament to their hatred for each other. Henry Melton added fuel to the fire on Wednesday when he called out the Lions again ahead of Sunday’s pivotal game in the Chicago Bears’ run to the playoffs.
"I like Green Bay this week, but I don't really like Detroit. They're dirty,” said Henry Melton. “They've always been a dirty team since I've been here. I don't like them. We've just got to hold our composure and play the game we know.”
When the Detroit Lions met the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on 22nd October, Lions defensive tackle Ndamunkong Suh sacked Jay Cutler on a vicious hit that swept the Bears quarterback off his feet and knocked the wind out of him. Although Jay Cutler seemed to have no issues with the hit, that was deemed legal during the Chicago Bears’ 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions, other Bears players (including wide receiver Brandon Marshall) called out Ndamunkong Suh on his dirty play.
"They just try to do all this extra stuff; talking, little cheap shots," Henry Melton said on Wednesday. "If you look at the tape, they've always thrown cheap shots. We had a brawl I think last year. So it is what it is. I'm ready."
Henry Melton also called out the Detroit Lions ageing center Dominic Rajola, who’s big on trash-talking and hides behind dirty plays.
“He's more just cuss words. Bad language,” said Henry Melton. “Then he'll throw some cheap shots in there, and then he'll say some bad words."
Henry Melton has been rising to one of the best NFL interior linemen over the past two seasons, racking up 13 sacks and 65 tackles with 28 starts. The 26-year-old Henry Melton was sidelined with a collarbone injury during last week’s 28-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals but he is expected back in the lineup of Sunday.
While the Detroit Lions are clearly out of playoffs contention, the Chicago Bears (9-6) are still in for a playoffs spot with a win over the Lions, coupled with Minnesota Vikings’ loss to Green bay Packers this Sunday. Seeing how the Detroit Lions don’t have much to play for, Henry Melton expects them to go after records or messing up the Chicago Bears season.
"(The Detroit Lions) are not playing for anything, so they're going to try and go for records and all that mess,” accused Henry Melton.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson already topped Jerry Rice’s single-season record for receiving yards in last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Calvin Johnson will be looking to turn that into a NFL first’s record with 108 yards against the Chicago Bears to amass over 2,000 yards in a season. Detroit Lions quarterback is also in a tight run with New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees to become the first quarterback to top 5,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons with 305 yards on Sunday.