The Lions are coming to Chicago on Sunday, with both teams tied atop the NFC North at 5-3. For the Bears, 2013 has been a season in transition—they still have a star unit, but it's the offense, not the defense, that's turning heads.
So in honor of the offensive star power and a date with Detroit, here are eight movies set in the Motor City that apply to the dominance of Marc Trestman's troops.
JAY CUTLER – "ROBOCOP"
For the gunslinging Cutler, there is nothing more apt than RoboCop, the story of a policeman who gets blown to bits and resurrected with the help of all the armor, protection and firepower he needs. In terms of their worlds, there is little difference between Alex Murphy getting gunned down and Cutler getting sacked 158 times in 63 games. Murphy/Cutler was out there with no protection!
JOSH McCOWN – "8 MILE"
Picture this: the visitors' locker room at Lambeau Field, 10 minutes before game time. McCown sits in a bathroom stall puking his guts out. Brandon Marshall yells, "Yo J, you ready?" Cue the music: "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it? Or just let it slip?" We know how this one ends.
MATT FORTE – "OUT OF SIGHT"
Seriously, have you seen "Out of Sight"? It's fantastic. Like Forte, it's overshadowed by big-name peers ("Jackie Brown," "Get Shorty," Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore). And also like Forte, it's an underrated gem with a bit of everything. For "Out of Sight," that would be humor, action, intrigue, sex appeal and star power. For Forte, that would be rushing, catching, blocking and big plays.
BRANDON MARSHALL – "BEVERLY HILLS COP"
A troubled yet talented superstar gets a much-needed change of scenery and injects new life into a straight-laced culture. Axel Foley turned the Beverly Police Department upside down by eschewing by-the-book methods for his own instinct, while Marshall turned the Bears upside down by giving them, ya know, a passing game. "Is this the man who … WRECKED the Bears' receiving record book?" Yes. Yes, it is.
ALSHON JEFFERY – "MALCOLM X"
Malcolm Little spent his formative years in Lansing, Mich., and was later known in his hustling days as Detroit Red, to distinguish him from a man nicknamed "Chicago Red," aka Redd Foxx. Well, Bears fans are witnessing the rise of a new leader in Alshon Jeffery, a man with as much potential in his chosen field as Malcolm X eventually had in his. And boy, few receivers are better than Jeffery at hustling down the field and hustling cornerbacks for position on jump balls.
MARTELLUS BENNETT – "ROGER & ME"
In Michael Moore's documentary, an unconventional man of the people (Moore) takes on the status quo and wins new fans in the process. Sounds just like the Black Unicorn, a man whose YouTube videos and Twitter feed are full of nods to the fans who cheer him on. And like Moore, Bennett is an eccentric showman disliked by some and cherished by others.
OFFENSIVE LINE – "FOUR BROTHERS"
Four adopted brothers join forces to protect their neighborhood and avenge their mother's death, just as Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills joined forces to protect their quarterback and avenge his past knockdowns, hurries and sacks. Credit director John Singleton/center Roberto Garza for leading the unit.
PHIL EMERY AND MARC TRESTMAN – "TRUE ROMANCE"
An unlikely duo forges a deep-seated bond, forming an aggressive, violent partnership that attacks all challengers. I mean, what else do you call an offense that opens a game with six straight passes, one 4-yard run, and then a 23-yard touchdown pass on third-and-6? Sounds a lot like Clarence and Alabama to me.
Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor. @readjack
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