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Bears trying to spoil Lions return to Monday night

Jay Cutler, Cliff Avril AP

After a slow start, a vintage quarter from Jay Cutler put the Bears ahead 10-7 at halftime of Monday Night Football’s return to Detroit.

A painfully slow first quarter included an avalanche of penalties by both teams.  The Lions seemed a little too hyped up for the game.

Detroit’s offense has looked very uneven, with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson sandwiched between three punts and an interception.  Matthew Stafford has made a handful of overthrows.

Chicago’s offensive line has been overwhelmed, but standout performances by Cutler and Matt Forte helped Chicago score 10 points in the second quarter.  Forte rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries.  Cutler threw for 103 yards on 14 attempts with a number of off-balance, low-percentage tosses that were on target.

The way the Bears line is playing, Cutler will probably need to keep pulling off difficult throws to pull this game out.

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39 Responses to “Bears trying to spoil Lions return to Monday night”
  1. kingmj4891 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:21 PM

    Man can the refs work any harder to give the bears the game again.

  2. spdy34 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:21 PM

    Cutler and Forte are the whole offense!

  3. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:22 PM

    Go Lions go!

  4. bearzfan says: Oct 10, 2011 10:28 PM

    What?!? No froth mouthing Detroit lovers? Apart from the play to megatron (he’s such a great player), Detroit has looked pretty pedestrian. Lots of hype so far… but the NFL needs a good story so it isn’t suprising they jumped all over it

    Go Bears!

  5. johnnyshore says: Oct 10, 2011 10:33 PM

    Prediction for next week…

    49ers 38
    Lions 0

  6. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 10, 2011 10:35 PM

    Mix in an apostrophe every now and again, Gregggg.

    Go Lions! I have three of their skill guys on my fantasy team and need a big night to win this week.

    Frankly, go Lions anyway.

  7. edukator4 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:38 PM

    so far that is 2 personal foul calls that should not have been called. this new nfl is getting soft

  8. freewayjim says: Oct 10, 2011 10:45 PM

    The Detroit themed opening narrated by Barry Sanders was outstanding! They should do something like that every week, here’s to hoping they will.

    Good riddance Hank, your song irritated the heck out of me and take Faith Hill with you!

  9. jimmysee says: Oct 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    The Bears are pathetic.

    Pathetic.

    There. I said it.

  10. dmobey says: Oct 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    South Beach Diet baby!

    Maybe if he loses that double or triple chin, he wouldn’t be such a loser.

    Maybe.

  11. savannahrose44 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    This Lions team is youngry! That run by Best was beautiful. Welcome back to Monday Night Football Lions!

  12. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 10, 2011 10:49 PM

    Win or lose this game is embarrassing to Bears fans.

    I feel for Jay Cutler and that defense looks old and vanilla.

  13. dmobey says: Oct 10, 2011 10:56 PM

    Looks like it’s Cutler who’s hungry.

    In fact it looks like he must eat everything he can get his hands on.

    How does a NFL QB have a triple chin?

  14. firejangelo says: Oct 10, 2011 10:57 PM

    Fire Angelo now ! Hire Bill Cowher now !

  15. bigboi30 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:01 PM

    All I hear is BLAH BLAH BLAH. There is no stopping this Detroit Team. You can only hope to contain it. Get over it.

  16. slickmarine says: Oct 10, 2011 11:03 PM

    I’m not favoring either team, but the officiating (especially in the first half) is taking so much out of the game for me. Bad rules, bad officiating; this is not as fun as the game I grew up with…

  17. dmobey says: Oct 10, 2011 11:05 PM

    Hey hey hey…

    Don’t take Faith, just take some of Faith’s clothes.

    ************************************
    freewayjim says:
    Oct 10, 2011 10:45 PM
    The Detroit themed opening narrated by Barry Sanders was outstanding! They should do something like that every week, here’s to hoping they will.

    Good riddance Hank, your song irritated the heck out of me and take Faith Hill with you!

  18. dmobey says: Oct 10, 2011 11:08 PM

    Is Johnny Knox his real name or his porn name?

  19. babyjebus says: Oct 10, 2011 11:11 PM

    I feel bad for Cutler, he is doing about as much as anyone could do with the lack of time he is getting.

  20. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 10, 2011 11:11 PM

    Yeah, I said it! GO LIONS!!!!

    Johnson, Best, and Pettigrew have just earned me a fantasy win when I really needed it.

    By the way, the Bears offensive line is almost as bad as the Jets.

  21. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 10, 2011 11:12 PM

    The amount of penalties between both teams is just horrible. I’ve never seen so many false starts.

  22. doe22us says: Oct 10, 2011 11:25 PM

    Maybe u guys havent seen Cutler he is standing tall taking hits, and delivering strikes give the guy his due.

  23. toonsterwu says: Oct 10, 2011 11:32 PM

    As a Bears fan, the most frustrating thing to see is how talented Jay Cutler is. I still think he was one of the most-ready and talented QB’s to come out of college in the past decade. In an offense that was tailored around his skillset in Denver, he did fairly well.

    Here, the offense is a bad fit for him. Sure, he uses his athleticism, but that’s because of the poor line. Instead of a system that takes advantage of his mobility, they ask him to make deep drops. Okay, I understand the rationale behind the Martz-system. There’s sound logic. But you don’t have the OL to pass block. You don’t have that one above average pass protector.

    The work Mike Tice did with this bunch last year gave him some leeway, but it seems quite clear right now that J’Marcus Webb isn’t up to the task at LT. You draft a kid, a good OL in Carimi, who isn’t a great LT option. You let your veteran leader go inside in Kreutz, who, while declining, added physicality and accountability from everyone.

    On top of that, Angelo doesn’t upgrade the weapons. Cutler can make guys better, but he has to have a chance. He’s not getting the chance, and he doesn’t have the weapons, outside of Forte, to buy him that chance.

    If the pass pro even improved a tiny bit, the Bears overall offense would improve significantly as a result. My suggestion would be to bring Carimi back and try him at LT. I don’t think he’s a LT, but J’Marcus Webb looks slow out there. Max protect a bit more. I’d ask for moving pockets, but that’s not Martz.

  24. scudbot says: Oct 10, 2011 11:33 PM

    Except for his propensity to throw INTs in the red zone, I take back everything negative I’ve ever thought about Cutler. That guy has huge balls.

  25. south1park1cows says: Oct 10, 2011 11:34 PM

    I have never been a Bears fan or a Cutler fan but give this guy some help! This could be one of the finest efforts I have ever seen. I guess letting go of Kreutz wasn’t the best of ideas. And by the way PAY FORTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. paulieorkid says: Oct 10, 2011 11:35 PM

    Speaking of MNF, Gruden is unlistenable. Every 4 seconds, Gruden is rolling out with “This is the greatest defense I’ve ever seen on an NFL field” or “That’s the best linebacker I’ve ever watched play” or “I’ve never seen a throw better than that one by Cutler right there” or …. blah blah blah

    Gruden’s overuse of superlatives makes them meaningless. He needs to leave.

  27. huejackson says: Oct 10, 2011 11:36 PM

    GAME OVER…
    Lions win again….It’s weird to me cause I don’t believe in the hype. They played bad teams so far I think the Raiders are a better story.. They had a bigger turn around.. I guess we will wait to see when the Raiders play the Lions this year who is the best team int he NFL..but we all know if the raiders win ESPN will pretend it never happened..
    They showed 1 highlight of the raiders texans game sunday night..
    by the way Tom Jackson
    AL DAVIS HATED YOU.. AL DAVIS SAID HE HATED THE FOLLOWING
    TOM JACKSON
    JAMIE DUKES
    WARREN SAPP
    CHRIS CARTER
    TONY DUNGY….
    WHY? Because they are no talented RATS

  28. nflfollower says: Oct 10, 2011 11:44 PM

    The D-line for Detroit looks impressive……

    But can they stay onside??

  29. chibears5 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:46 PM

    Nothing like a national stage to expose every flaw we have. The Bears could seriously go to a truck stop and drag 5 300lbs out, stick them in front of Cutler and have better protection. GM Jerry Angelo better just leave before he is run out. No love for Lovie either and Martz is a bafoon.

  30. slickmarine says: Oct 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    ..and these MNF announcers are getting worse! The Jay Cutler Fan Club. Never heard so much attention given to the losing team…

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 10, 2011 11:50 PM

    Love to see the Bears lose, more than any other team.

  32. bcar1023 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:58 PM

    As expected, the Lions dominated the Bears. Even with the penalties, the Bears only shining light was that of Cutler. That D is sorry in Chi-town.

  33. polegojim says: Oct 11, 2011 12:16 AM

    @bearzfan… way to call it Champ… if we’re pedestrian… your Chicago Bears are…. dead men walking??? You got manhandled trashtalker.

    Great Lions Win. Both lines O and D absolutely dominated… and we’re not even playing our best yet.

  34. staffordsyear says: Oct 11, 2011 2:22 AM

    Damn 5-0 feeels good.

  35. jimmylions says: Oct 11, 2011 3:24 AM

    bearzfan … news flash you lost.

    On the Lions final drive, when we were in the red zone, there was no pass to Calvin Johnson in the end zone … that’s because running up the score on you would have been tacky!

    Oh yeah … great job by your defense stopping the ground game!

    In a few months, we’ll be in the playoffs and you won’t … so feel free to keep talking, cause that’s all you got! We’ve got wins!

  36. jimmylions says: Oct 11, 2011 3:31 AM

    bearsrulepackdrool:

    Any talk about Cutler lacking toughness or guts … that should be put to rest tonight. He got hit a lot and did a great job of getting rid of the ball to avoid sacks. Also, he made some great plays.

    I think the biggest problems you have are in your front office. Some of the off-season personnel decisions were nuts. Also, you need more track stars at WR in order to run the Martz offense.

    If I were you, the thing I’d worry about most is Urlacher getting so ticked at the front office (for their lack of commitment to winning) that he retires at the end of the season.

  37. jimmysee says: Oct 11, 2011 3:36 AM

    Did the Bears even practice this week? Sure did not look like it.

    Can the Bears’ O-line stop a breeze?

  38. tshirttom says: Oct 11, 2011 8:37 AM

    bearzfan says:Oct 10, 2011 10:28 PM

    What?!? No froth mouthing Detroit lovers? Apart from the play to megatron (he’s such a great player), Detroit has looked pretty pedestrian. Lots of hype so far… but the NFL needs a good story so it isn’t suprising they jumped all over it

    Go Bears!

    Hey bearzfan…Somewhow I don’t see your post game rant . Why is that? Lions showed they are not a one-man team and Da Bears…well Urlacher said it best…they stink!

  39. axespray says: Oct 11, 2011 12:52 PM

    remember when Bear’s fans were yappin’ after week 1?

    “Hey, we beat the falcons! hype us! hype us!”

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