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Charles Tillman and Bears’ D shut down Calvin Johnson and Detroit

Charles Tillman, Calvin Johnson AP

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson entered Monday night’s game in Chicago averaging 112 receiving yards a game. Then he went up against Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.

The result was a bad game for Johnson, who caught just three of the 11 passes thrown to him, for 34 yards, and a bad game for the Lions’ offense. The Bears shut Detroit down until the Lions finally got into the end zone with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and when the Bears recovered the ensuing onside kick they had earned a hard-fought 13-7 victory.

The story of the game was Tillman. In each of the Bears’ last two games he had an interception return for a touchdown, but tonight was his best game of the season. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and Tillman dominated him. Tillman belongs in the conversation for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award.

And it’s that defense that’s leading the Bears toward the playoffs. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler played reasonably well despite suffering a rib injury on a hard but clean hit from Ndamukong Suh, but the Bears are a defensive team. If they can control the ball and avoid turnovers on offense, this defense can carry the Bears a long way.

The Lions made too many mistakes, as they have so often this season. Detroit had six fumbles and lost three of them, and the offense took most of the game to get going, with six punts and one first down on their first six possessions. Once the Lions finally did start moving the ball, their sustained drives ended in turnovers. By the time they finally marched into the end zone, it was garbage time.

At this point it’s hard to imagine the 2-4 Lions returning to the playoffs. But at 5-1, the Bears seem destined for the postseason. It helps having Tillman, the best cornerback in the NFL.

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  1. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Oct 22, 2012 11:54 PM

    That should be a huge not on Tillman’s resume for another Pro Bowl. What a job!

  2. jhein23 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:56 PM

    The Lions must not have had a big enough plane or they simply just forgot their entire offense and special teams units back in Detroit.

  3. dabears212 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    If Calvin Johnson is Megatron, then Tillman is Optimus Prime.

  4. ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    It may be safe to say you can stick a fork in the Lions.

  5. troybulletinboard says: Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    let’s just keep it rollin’, baby. urlacher looked a lot better. they ran it nicely all day long, though I wish they would’ve run it at least once that one drive they got stalled at the goal line. just keep healthy and focus on knocking off these subpar teams.

  6. packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.

  7. mantastic54 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:02 AM

    Tillman island

  8. louisvillebear says: Oct 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    MDS making positive comments about the Bears…wow. Tillman not only covers well but how many balls did he punch loose? Way to go Peanut!

  9. coreydemoss says: Oct 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    Calvin Johnson is obviously fantastic, but Stafford was staring him down WAY too much tonight. He missed Ryan Broyles wide open at least twice, including once in the end zone with nobody withink five yards of him. Stafford tried to force it to Megatron in double coverage both times.

    Stafford just needs to accept that the opponent is focusing on Johnson, spread the ball out, and that will open things up. Speaking of Broyles, the kid looked pretty damn good tonight. He could be a solid slot option going forward.

  10. lewand1 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    Dominated?

    Try playing without the safety all game help like Revis would.

  11. bbking0420 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    My Bears win again,,,,,show some respect to the most underrated team in the NFL!!!! Bears 2012 NFC Champions###BEAR DOWN BABY!!!!!!!!!

  12. gronknation says: Oct 23, 2012 12:04 AM

    Calvin Johnson sucks, they need to trade him to the Patriots.

  13. niners816 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:05 AM

    Not a fan of the Bears, but watching Schwartz have that stupid look on his face when he loses is great. Thanks, Bears!

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:05 AM

    Lions = block Suh, stop Megatron. Game won.
    Lions = Overrated.

  15. tucostacos says: Oct 23, 2012 12:05 AM

    packownsu says:
    Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.

    __________________________________________

    Retarded statement of the night, week and maybe in the running for the year.

    Tillman – While I love him he’s not the best CB in the NFL, maybe the most underrated. Nice to see him finally get some props, he’s been a pros pro for a long time.

  16. ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 23, 2012 12:06 AM

    packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.

    ————————————————————-

    Keep dreamin’ buddy. No team gets four turnovers on accident. One or two… MAYBE. Go back to wishing you didn’t lost to the COLTS.

  17. derek1800 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:06 AM

    Poor cj. Mugged all game long by Tillman. Can’t complain though as bears d got me the win!

  18. noeffinway says: Oct 23, 2012 12:06 AM

    Is Linehan NOW on the hotseat??? Hope so.

  19. bearsandjazz says: Oct 23, 2012 12:08 AM

    Just like a packers fan to downplay a bears win. Classless.

  20. lushy21 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:08 AM

    Thought both D’s played great. The difference bears forced turnovers. Oh and Linehan’s play calling makes me barf!

    Go Lions

  21. dino2997 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:09 AM

    packownsu says:
    Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.

    ————————————————-

    Why am I not surprised this is coming from a Packers fan? Isn’t that the Packers motto “They didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves”

  22. lionbloodwinning says: Oct 23, 2012 12:09 AM

    You can call it what you want…but someone clearly put some black magic on that video game cover. The fact that this OC continues to call the SAME game plan that has now lost 4 of 6 games for them…is completely inexplicable.

    The fact that…at the end of the fourth quarter…you start throwing short to Megatron is freaking incredible.

    The fact that…you simply can’t figure out how to score consistently before the fourth quarter…is something I can’t understand…and am done trying.

    Yes…the Bears D had something to do with this…but not everything.

    I hope that THIS…THIS last one right here a few minutes ago….is the loss that causes this dude to learn some new tricks.

    That’s all I got.

  23. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 23, 2012 12:09 AM

    Well, looks like us as Lions fans can look forward to our favorite day of the year, DRAFT DAY!

    Schwartz better be on the hot seat.
    Linehan should be fired.
    Gunther did good.

    Please Bears fans, save the trash talk. You guys are the better team. You won and deserved to win.

    I believe I am the biggest Lions fan in the world, please someone do me a favor and make me the SECOND biggest…

  24. bobhk says: Oct 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    I’m laying bets on:
    1. How soon mjkelly77 disappears
    2. Schwantz gets fired.
    3. Suh side swipes someone.

  25. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    Sorry, Michael, but Welker is the best in the NFL.

  26. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:12 AM

    packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.
    ————————–

    Delusional. Again. Last year Stafford throws 5 INT.
    “Well, Stafford played with a hurt thumb. He gave them those picks.”
    The D shutdown Megatron, TOOK the ball away on numerous occasions. Didn’t give us nothing! We took it. Stafford irrelevant.

    Wake Up! Your team is a joke. Three games back and in our rear view mirror. Start looking towards the draft for the 119th time.

  27. barneyrumble says: Oct 23, 2012 12:13 AM

    Roll on Chicago Bears!

  28. scytherius says: Oct 23, 2012 12:14 AM

    BOY are the Lions bad. Bear O wasn’t any great shakes but kudos to their stellar defense!

  29. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:14 AM

    Who needs a Madden curse when you got Peanut Tillman?!

  30. funktron2x says: Oct 23, 2012 12:16 AM

    Bears fans should be proud as hell of that D. Nobody has been that bothersome to Calvin in a while. Stafford had nobody open. The Bears took advantage of young guys’ bad ball control. Lions never gave up and were always in it thanks to their D (which is underrated) – but if they can’t stop making stupid mental errors, it doesn’t matter. Gah.

  31. doug1grohlin says: Oct 23, 2012 12:18 AM

    That shot of Stafford with the grass in his helmet was great.

    5-1
    2-4

    Come backs are great when you don’t have to depend on them every game.

  32. jpeterson4743 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:19 AM

    As a Detroit slap, Chicago is better.

  33. primetime0552 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:19 AM

    headline should be: Lions missed opportunities costs them the game….Logan should’ve been cut last year…..

    Bears defense didn’t win them the game the lions lost it. anyone but bears fans would agree…

  34. anarchopurplism says: Oct 23, 2012 12:20 AM

    It’s nice that the Packer trolls keep it consistent and give their bent potshots at other teams in the North, other than the Vikings.

    The Bears D played lights out tonight. Their aggression was on a higher level. They swarmed and hit hard.

  35. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 23, 2012 12:21 AM

    I’m a 50+ year fan of the Bears. Tonight was a huge win for the Bears and next week is a must win against Carolina for the below.

    The true test will be the second half of the season. @Houston, @SF, Minnesota X2, GB, Seattle, AZ, and one more vs. @Lions. GB already faced the NFC West. Bears just played the Rams.

    Let’s keep things tempered folks.

  36. ivegotadigbick says: Oct 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    Much respect to Tillman and the Bears, they did a number on us. That being said, I wish the Lions would come out throwing. Shotgun, no huddle, up tempo and trying to put the defense on it’s heels. Mix in a couple runs out of shotgun here and there. Stafford looks so much better out of the gun rather than under the center. That’s how we won last year, not with this run-straight-in-to-the-line-let’s-throw-away-our-first-few-possessions-establishing-our-willingness-to-run type of offense. The Lions are such a frustrating team to be a fan of. 0-16 was easy to watch compared to this.

  37. frank booth says: Oct 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    packownsu says:Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.
    ==================================
    Did someone hold the antenna in the right position on your trailer to get good reception on your black-and-white TV, or did you have the earphone in while you watched on your 1970’s transistor radio/TV? Ya Hey Der in Wisconsin.

  38. packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.
    ————————–

    Delusional. Again. Last year Stafford throws 5 INT.
    “Well, Stafford played with a hurt thumb. He gave them those picks.”
    The D shutdown Megatron, TOOK the ball away on numerous occasions. Didn’t give us nothing! We took it. Stafford irrelevant.

    Wake Up! Your team is a joke. Three games back and in our rear view mirror. Start looking towards the draft for the 119th time.

    ahhhh I’m a Pack fan, remember that team that crushed the bears a few weeks back?

  39. centralchamps says: Oct 23, 2012 12:28 AM

    blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:
    Wake Up! Your team is a joke. Three games back and in our rear view mirror. Start looking towards the draft for the 119th time.
    ——————————————————
    wont every team be looking at the draft for the “119th” time? moron

  40. packownsu says: Oct 23, 2012 12:29 AM

    packownsu says:Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    I watched the game. The Lions offense stopped themselves with turnovers and ineptitude. Of course the Bearfans will brag about how great their D is.
    ==================================
    Did someone hold the antenna in the right position on your trailer to get good reception on your black-and-white TV, or did you have the earphone in while you watched on your 1970′s transistor radio/TV? Ya Hey Der in Wisconsin.
    ————————————
    I live in house, on a mountain in alaska. Nice try though. Looks like you bearfans are over your humiliation at the hands of the Packers :-)

  41. shaggytoodle says: Oct 23, 2012 12:29 AM

    The Bears will play good enough to keep coach around another 2-3 seasons. Then slip back to middle of the pack.

    They still haven’t beat anyone impressive. A couple of overrated teams like Dallas and Detroit, and the rest draft in the top 5.

    They couldn’t put about more then 13 points? Against a weak secondary.

    Be glad of the Lions choked in the red zone.

  42. nflpuppetmaster says: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 AM

    Yeah, the Lions totally stopped themselves with turnovers, Gabbert cost the Jags with 3 turnovers and Romo threw away the Cowboys game with a bunch of picks. Yeah, Lovie Smith’s defenses have NEVER been known to create turnovers. Its all luck. The Bears obviously should be 1-5. (I’m being sarcastic, just in case anyone is confused)

  43. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 AM

    ahhhh I’m a Pack fan, remember that team that crushed the bears a few weeks back?
    ——–
    Still delusional. That team that scored one offensive touchdown/crushed?! How’s the view from third place?

  44. rickrock6661982 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 AM

    What’s sad is that Detroit kept turning it over in the redzone and still almost won.

    And Chicago was coming off a bye…LOL

  45. dino2997 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:41 AM

    packownsu says:
    Oct 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    ahhhh I’m a Pack fan, remember that team that crushed the bears a few weeks back?

    —————————————————

    Enjoy that while looking at the standings. 3rd place anybody?

  46. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 23, 2012 12:47 AM

    The Lions did great LAST year.

  47. chi01town says: Oct 23, 2012 12:51 AM

    5/1 the bye week is over an Chicago is back. its nice to be in the PENT HOUSE with greenbay in the basement with the Lions

  48. damaddhatter29 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:58 AM

    Man, so I have to wait for next year to see Nate Burleson’s next dance. No windy city tribute dance this year now that he has a broken leg.

  49. funktron2x says: Oct 23, 2012 1:02 AM

    Stupid people sure like to talk big. This game was close all the way. Two talented teams going toe to toe. Difference is, the Bears’ players don’t make many stupid mistakes. Lions’ players still do. Can’t wait for round two in this one.

  50. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 23, 2012 1:04 AM

    Breaking News! In addition to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, the NFL has added an additional post-season game: the Turnover Bowl between the Lions and Eagles. The sponsor is stick-em with a halftime show featuring the Chargers.
    On a related note, can’t wait for all the Lions fans who will explain why their team should have a better record than what it actually does. Man, this “they didn’t beat us we beat ourselves” crap is getting OLD. Bad teams make too many mistakes, and good teams capitalize on those mistakes.

  51. realfootballfan says: Oct 23, 2012 1:09 AM

    That you just noticed that Tillman owns Johnson is funny. He eats him alive every time they play each other. I guess you could say he’s his kryptonite.

  52. contrasuxbalz says: Oct 23, 2012 1:17 AM

    The Lions owe their fans a lot of money. I feel sorry for anyone who paid to watch that display. Show some fing discipline.

  53. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 23, 2012 1:29 AM

    The Lions were not a worthy opponent tonight. If they would’ve even gotten field goals they’d have had a chance to win but they were so inept they couldn’t get out of their kicker’s way.

  54. fugetaboutit says: Oct 23, 2012 1:34 AM

    Tillman is the most underrated corner. He was awesome since the get-go. He stops all big time receivers in their prime. From
    Randy Moss to Calvin Johnson. Good nickname dabears212 cause 33 is Optimus ‘stop everyone in his’ Prime

  55. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 23, 2012 1:38 AM

    meganot!!! be wary of the madden curse, and and also the tecmo bowl curse of matthew stafford, LOL

  56. scoregasmic says: Oct 23, 2012 1:48 AM

    I love the lions and I will say Tillman is the only corner who has actually stopped Calvin by himself so far. He deserves the props he gets. But the lions need to change something in the first half because that was pathetic to watch

  57. metalhead65 says: Oct 23, 2012 1:56 AM

    as a bears fan I have to laugh when I hear anybody cry about their offensive line or the play calling. have you not seen Cutler running for his life since he came to the bears because he has no protection? as for play calling it does not get much worse than ron turner or mike martz. under turner it was run up the middle for no gain on first and second down then throw a screen to hester on 3rd. down. and do not forget his play calling that cost the bears the super bowl when they played the colts. let’s see thomas jones ran for a 60 td. run on the bears last posseion so let’s take him out of the game and run the rookie who promptly fumbled giving colts lead and momentum that they could not over come with grossman as qb. then do not forget martz and his 1990’s playbook that almost got cutler killed on every play. so please I do not want to hear any whining from lions or any fan for that matter when it comes to those 2 things.

  58. riterboy says: Oct 23, 2012 2:07 AM

    Saying Johnson “caught just three of the 11 passes thrown to him” is a bit inaccurate in that about half of those were bad throws by Stafford, one was interference on Tillman and a one or two more were borderline interference.

    That being said, the Lions basically lost due to their own incompetence in the red zone. Four trips, three turnovers. Fumbles caused by poor ball protection, not jarring hits. Stafford’s red zone pick was definitely caused by defensive pressure, though. And, oh yeah, one of the Bears’ scores was set up by a muffed punt.

    If the Lions take care of the ball, it’s a totally different game. But they didn’t, so it’s business as usual for the Motor City Kitties. (sigh)

  59. jaymc1988 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:17 AM

    all game long i kept saying why would the bears just keep tillman on megatron 1-1 even in the redzone..now i know why…. hell of a game out of tillman

  60. opietaylor says: Oct 23, 2012 2:35 AM

    Kind of like Charles woodson’s collar bone; crushed. Nothing in sports next to the Bears winning the Super Bowl, is as good as the Peckers going 15-1, and losing right away in the playoffs, and listening to their loser fans complain and cry. Go home to your trailers whiners.

  61. gbpbacker84 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:51 AM

    Bears D looks like they are on another level right now. The Bears have proven their ability to beat the teams they are supposed to over the past few years, the next step will be to beat the contenders. I’m a Packer fan but I have nothing but respect for what the Bears did tonight. Should be a good division race from here on out, something tells me Packers and Bears will both make the playoffs, 12-4 or 11-5 should win the division depending on who owns the tiebreakers.

  62. jmacphee9 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:52 AM

    tillman has long been my favorite(and in my own opinion the most underrated DB in the NFL)

    on another note, 4 turnovers in the redzone by the lions, if just 2 of those werent turnovers would of been a much different look. credit to the bears there. i dont believe its fair to call the lions a “joke” as someone said in a one score game that featured 1 touchdown through 55+ minutes.

  63. torontofalcon says: Oct 23, 2012 2:54 AM

    Not only did this game show how good the bears are it showed how pathetic the lions are. First with all the defensive problems these guys decide to go with Broyles in the 2nd round, that its self is a huge fail. Second we see how overrated stafford is, throwing deep balls or rockets all game gets you no were. The best qbs in the nfl win via preparation, accuracy, touch throws, and timing routes. Dont get me wrong they have good pieces and stafford is still a top 15-20 qb (not top 10 like some ppl though) who is very functional. They just need to revaluate them selves, and get some CBs…

  64. torontofalcon says: Oct 23, 2012 2:56 AM

    Best teams find ways to win even when you take away what theyre are good at, Lions do not do that

  65. hobby53963 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:05 AM

    the bears are just lucky they played the mistake filled lions, better teams will score on them when they drive in the redzone.

  66. cskreager says: Oct 23, 2012 3:23 AM

    I wonder if people are going to give Stafford the Newton criticism/treatment.

    Both QB’s have slumped in 2012 after great 2011’s.

  67. foofooface says: Oct 23, 2012 4:09 AM

    The Lions D played great. Cutler only had 150 freakin yards, that’s crazy! And even if Tillman did contain Calvin, with the help of safeties, it was the RB’s that dropped the ball in the red zone. That’s 21 points they choked on. Its even more frustrating how the manage to keep it close even after so many screwups, still within one score. It’s ridiculous, and a total bummer.

  68. jdubfla says: Oct 23, 2012 4:22 AM

    hmmm..Crushed?

    You mean your loss to the Colts?

    “Its the refs the refs the refs”

  69. eddieapoc says: Oct 23, 2012 4:32 AM

    I love reading these comments. Bears fans sure are classy.

  70. honolulubluekoolaid says: Oct 23, 2012 5:23 AM

    As a Lions fan, very disappointed in our offense. 5 trips to the Red Zone failed = poor game planning by the offensive coordinator. Not hard to defend what you know is coming.

    That said, props to the bears. You came to play.

    I was pleased with detroits Defense. With the adversity they have been playing with, they are the only thing giving us a chance. If you showed me just the points given up by the just the Defense (no ST “help”) before the season, I would have pegged at least a 4-2 start. But this poor season start is on the offense and special teams.

    I do agree that my team’s offense is currently overrated.
    The sad. Thing is they have the talent to make it happen, just not playing solid and too many mistakes. I really think they need to start thinking outside the box in play calling.

    As far as opposing fans’ smack talk…I just laugh. The ignorant ones will say you are overrated and talk about how great their team is the best team in the league in the next sentence. So lets see…your team struggles to score more than 13 points in a whole game against a “bad” team, and that means Super Bowl?

  71. tommytd says: Oct 23, 2012 6:06 AM

    It may be safe to say you can stick a fork in the Lions.
    ************************************************
    They’re who we thought they were! LOL

  72. tdrundmc says: Oct 23, 2012 6:45 AM

    Calvin looked like Brandon Marshall out there dropping passes.

  73. FinFan68 says: Oct 23, 2012 7:03 AM

    Bears defense is best game-changing defense in the league. They hit hard and try to get the ball during a tackle (and often do). Many other defenses go for the ball also, but the Bears do it better and the tackle is almost always made in the process. Their offense is serviceable. They can be explosive and even when they have a sub-par game the defense can score to make up the difference. I believe the Bears are the best team in the NFC and might be the best in the NFL at this point. We’ll see how well they do against the good teams left on their schedule.

  74. hehateme2 says: Oct 23, 2012 7:06 AM

    Should he be called Meowtron now?

  75. det12 says: Oct 23, 2012 7:12 AM

    Linehan needs to go with his pee-wee league play calling,Stafford needs to learn how to move around & slide in the pocket when the protection breaks down in the offseason & please go get us another wr that can get open its no way in hell teams should be doubling & triple teaming CJ all game & we can make teams pay I still have hope for this team that we can finish 8-8 & we have a bright future

  76. novoodoo4409 says: Oct 23, 2012 7:18 AM

    13 points is a prolific offense? Lmao….bears are a joke…just like their fans…disgusting, fat mike Ditka looking people…

  77. francheyes says: Oct 23, 2012 7:55 AM

    it was 13-7 against a crap team at home….lets not break out the champagne quite yet

  78. rickyspanish says: Oct 23, 2012 7:58 AM

    packownsu

    While Chicago fans are looking towards the future, you’re stuck dwelling on “a few weeks back”. If living in the past is your thing, might I interest you in a Hootie and the Blowfish cassette?

  79. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 23, 2012 8:05 AM

    The Bears are good.

  80. tucostacos says: Oct 23, 2012 8:13 AM

    Yes, we remember, The Bears lone loss is to a very good, above .500 team. No losses tho scrubs like The Colts on their record.

  81. howiehandles says: Oct 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    “ahhhh I’m a Pack fan, remember that team that crushed the bears a few weeks back?”

    Crushed? Your definition is different than the rest of the planet.

  82. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Oct 23, 2012 8:32 AM

    ONE not so smart comment about the Bears and all y’all freak out. Have you seen the comments about the Packers? The ones saying Aaron Rodgers is a system qb. The ones saying Jay Cutler is better than him. Even the random idiot saying he’d rather have Christian Ponder on his team than the league MVP.

    Good game by the bears. Their D is good.

    Don’t start claiming the division cause you’re one and a half games up, though. There’s a lot of season left to play and you have 3 games left with the Vikings and Packers.

  83. chitownbears says: Oct 23, 2012 8:51 AM

    Not only is Peanut Tillman having a fantastic season but Lance Briggs is playing lights out and should be in the conversation for NFL defensive MVP as well. I like that the Bears are one of only 3 teams with 1 loss or fewer yet they never get the credit as being one of the leagues elite teams. We’ll fly under the radar all the way to the Super Bowl, BEAR DOWN!!!

  84. thepvyharvin says: Oct 23, 2012 9:06 AM

    Are the Vikings taking the North??? Does a Bear sh*t in the woods?

  85. johngaltwho says: Oct 23, 2012 9:30 AM

    Yup – The Bears are great, the Bears are dominant. Yup they have 5 wins against a schedule that has a combined record of 12 and 19. Good luck going forward – you will need it.
    By the way – Cutler is actually pretty tough to come back from that vicious hit (no sarcasm there) -

  86. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 23, 2012 9:42 AM

    Bears D is a very opportunistic D… Tillman made Megatron look very average at best last night. Bears D seems to always pop out the ball, knock it down, you name it. Can’t take that away from them. I wouldn’t say they are a great D from the days of old. But they create opportunities. Lions were able to drive on them at times, but bears would always force a turnover when they needed to. Tice is underrated as an OC.. He will get the most out of Cutler, and Marshall. Linehan has always been overrated. It was Tice that made Culpepper and Moss work in MN, and then Linehan went to the Rams and stunk up the joint. Same for Detroit. Stafford in my mind is overrated. And the Bears will go as far as Cutler is verticle. Cutler goes down, and the bears won’t go very far.

  87. razsan says: Oct 23, 2012 9:43 AM

    So the Lions suck so bad that they outgained the great Bears had more first downs and lost by 6 points…all this with 4 turnovers.
    Nice objective viewpoints Bear’s fans.

  88. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:52 AM

    opietaylor says: Oct 23, 2012 2:35 AM

    “Kind of like Charles woodson’s collar bone; crushed. Nothing in sports next to the Bears winning the Super Bowl, is as good as the Peckers going 15-1, and losing right away in the playoffs, and listening to their loser fans complain and cry. Go home to your trailers whiners.”

    Yeah, I’m sure that completely made up for the Packers taking the Halas Trophy on Soldier Field on their way to #4/13. You go ahead and keep telling yourself that. LOL

  89. mogogo1 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    Fabulous job by Tillman and I was rooting for the Bears because I can’t stand the Lions, but was I only one who was amazed there was no pass interference on the play where he slowed up and Johnson ran into him trying to get to the ball? That draws a flag 90% of the time. And then Gruden proceeded to laud it as being a great play, as if the refs typically let guys get away with that.

  90. paytonsghost34 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    1) Anyone who thinks the Vikings are taking the NFC North – I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you if you’d like.

    2) Anyone ripping on the Bears D – well… you’re just delusional. Only team in the NFL who haven’t given up a total of 100 points yet this year.

    3) The Bears offense has scored an average of 22 points a game – note: they also have one of the best scoring defenses and special teams in football.

    4) They haven’t yet been able to fully utilize offensive weapons in: Hester, Bennett, Rodriguez and most importantly Jefferey.

    5) Their defensive line has young difference makers – McClellan, Wooton & Melton.

    6) Cutler is 10-1 in the last 11 games he’s started. No QB in the NFL has a better winning % then that.

    Fun time to be a Bear fan.

  91. natflagfootballleague says: Oct 23, 2012 10:34 AM

    Good job by Chicago last night. Made plays in the Red Zone when they needed to be made.

    However, Bears fans should stop pretending this is the defense from ’85. Take a look at the stats fellas. Chicago is the 6TH, let me repeat, 6th best Defense in the NFL this year. Detroit is 8th. Hardly the parity Bears fans would like everyone to believe.

    Bears are 2nd vs the run and 16th vs the pass.
    Detroit is 16th vs the run and 6th vs the pass.
    No that is not a typo. Detroit’s injury riddled secondary is allowing fewer ypg than the great Bears secondary.

    On the other side of the ball, Detroit is 4th in total offense and Chicago is 22nd.

    Now you are probably wondering why Detroit is 2-4 and Chicago is 5-1 based on those numbers. Simple – discipline. Chicago is not shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties and turnovers, and are creating turnovers of their own.

    The Bears can attribute the majority of their success this season to the ability of the D to create turnovers, not by forcing opponents to punt.

    Lastly, for those who think Megatron is cursed, he is still averaging 98.7 ypg which is good for 5th best in the NFL.

  92. howiehandles says: Oct 23, 2012 10:36 AM

    “So the Lions suck so bad that they outgained the great Bears had more first downs and lost by 6 points…all this with 4 turnovers.”

    Yeah, because that’s how you win a game, desperately throwing all over the field to make up a deficit, while the other team is running the ball more to wind down the clock. Better rack up the first downs and yards, because thats what matters in the end, not points…or lack thereof.

    The Lions weren’t the only team to leave points on the field.

  93. howiehandles says: Oct 23, 2012 10:38 AM

    “Stafford in my mind is overrated. And the Bears will go as far as Cutler is verticle. Cutler goes down, and the bears won’t go very far.”

    I agree with most of what you wrote, but Stafford is still a heck of a qb, but what he needs is another stud opposite Calvin. Not at his level, as those are hard to find, but something better than what they have, which IMO are a bunch of number 3 receivers.

    Also, he works better out of the shotgun, which they need to go back to more. And, LeShore is a decent back. They need to give him the ball more, even if its just on draws and screens.

  94. howiehandles says: Oct 23, 2012 10:43 AM

    “up they have 5 wins against a schedule that has a combined record of 12 and 19. Good luck going forward – you will need it.”

    Division games are almost always tougher than out of division games. And while they haven’t played a tough schedule to date, the Cowboys were expected to beat the Bears a couple of weeks ago, but the Bears exposed them. Other than last night, the Bears have been blowing out the bad teams.

    Let’s not also forget, didn’t the Pack lose to one of those lousy teams the Bear’s beat?

  95. bla bla bla says: Oct 23, 2012 10:44 AM

    Just like every year. Yogi & Boo Boo find themselves at the top of the division for a week or two, maybe even three, and their chud fans start yappin’. Then it all falls apart, and they start with the excuses. It’s like clockwork.

    Please keep yappin’, chuds. It makes it all the more fun for the rest of us when the wheels fall off and you start with the crying.

    Packers will win the division. The question is, can Yogi & Boo Boo hold off the Vikings for second?

  96. paytonsghost34 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    natflagfootballleague says: Oct 23, 2012 10:34 AM

    Good job by Chicago last night. Made plays in the Red Zone when they needed to be made.

    However, Bears fans should stop pretending this is the defense from ’85. Take a look at the stats fellas. Chicago is the 6TH, let me repeat, 6th best Defense in the NFL this year. Detroit is 8th. Hardly the parity Bears fans would like everyone to believe.

    Bears are 2nd vs the run and 16th vs the pass.
    Detroit is 16th vs the run and 6th vs the pass.
    No that is not a typo. Detroit’s injury riddled secondary is allowing fewer ypg than the great Bears secondary.

    On the other side of the ball, Detroit is 4th in total offense and Chicago is 22nd.

    Now you are probably wondering why Detroit is 2-4 and Chicago is 5-1 based on those numbers. Simple – discipline. Chicago is not shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties and turnovers, and are creating turnovers of their own.

    The Bears can attribute the majority of their success this season to the ability of the D to create turnovers, not by forcing opponents to punt.

    Lastly, for those who think Megatron is cursed, he is still averaging 98.7 ypg which is good for 5th best in the NFL.

    ____

    Any clue why the Bears defense might be giving up passing yardage? I’ll help you: because they’ve been up BIG TIME in many of their games. QB’s always will get garbage yardage when they’re trying to come back vertically downfield. The Bears can attribute much of their success to:

    – Being able to force turnovers
    – Sacking the QB
    – Pressuring the QB
    – Their offense finally being able to throw the ball downfield with the ability to run over teams

    That’s why they’re winning. I realize you want to color up the stats to prove a point – it’s wrong.

  97. Manbearpig says: Oct 23, 2012 11:02 AM

    Charles Tillman as the best cb in the NFL is officially the stupidest thing I’ve ever read on PFT.

    And that’s saying a lot, considering the fact that Gregg Rosenthal used to work here.

  98. paytonsghost34 says: Oct 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    Manbearpig says: Oct 23, 2012 11:02 AM

    Charles Tillman as the best cb in the NFL is officially the stupidest thing I’ve ever read on PFT.

    And that’s saying a lot, considering the fact that Gregg Rosenthal used to work here.

    ________________

    I’d love for you to tell me who is playing better right now.

    I’ll be waiting on that answer…

  99. rickytheviking says: Oct 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    I hope Ponder gets better by the time he plays the Bears or it will be ugly

  100. niubears says: Oct 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    If JJ Watt didn’t exist, Charles Tillman would be the front-runner for Def MVP.
    The Bears have always been a bend-but-dont-break defense. They will give up yards, but when it time for them to shutdown the O, they get it done.

    Huge test for the Bears against the Texans in Wk10.

  101. packerstexansfan says: Oct 23, 2012 11:59 AM

    Good win for the bears and good job shutting down Johnson. If they stay healthy it’s gonna be a hell of a fight in the NFC North. Packers finally starting to find their groove. And I’ll admit I haven’t seen any Vikings games, so I don’t know if they really are doing good or just lucky. It’s just their last few years of suck have me skeptical. So I guess we’ll see in the coming weeks! Should be fun

  102. bighairyman says: Oct 23, 2012 12:03 PM

    I’m impressed with the Bears D but I’d be a little worried about the offense. 1 TD against the Lions?

  103. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:19 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Oct 23, 2012 12:40 AM
    ahhhh I’m a Pack fan, remember that team that crushed the bears a few weeks back?
    ——–
    Still delusional. That team that scored one offensive touchdown/crushed?! How’s the view from third place?

    _______________________________

    How is that taste in your mouth from the home NFC Championship game you lost to those Packers?
    When was your last superbowl win? Oh yeah, 1985, right!!!
    View from 3rd place is mughty fine with by far the easiest schedule the rest of the way…

  104. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    paytonsghost34 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    “6) Cutler is 10-1 in the last 11 games he’s started. No QB in the NFL has a better winning % then that.

    Fun time to be a Bear fan.”

    Cutler’s team is 0-4 in the last 4 against the Packers in their last 4 meetings, and the Bears haven’t managed to beat their far superior rival in over 2 years. That’s right – OVER TWO YEARS.

    So go ahead and get all lathered up over a couple of regular season wins against the also rans. Because it’s all you have.

  105. hyzers says: Oct 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    Tillman shut CJ down by himself! Wow he is so good it’s almost like there weren’t two safeties playing 20 yards off the ball every single play.

    Did you see his sick cover skills on the deep ball when he just slowed down and fell in front of CJ and tripped him? That’s a savvy vet if I’ve ever seen one.

    He had a really nice play on the pass breakup in the end zone. Good thing Stafford didn’t throw it 2 feet higher otherwise Tillman might not have been able to knock it loose.

  106. iowahbr says: Oct 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    A win is a win but the Lions handed this game to the Bears on a silver platter. If they play like that against the Vikings , the 49’ers or the Packers they’ll lose 40 to 12. When you have a bad, or even better, a good team on the ropes you’d better learn how to administer the coupe de gras.

  107. nbcruinedpft says: Oct 23, 2012 2:15 PM

    People who are downplaying the Bears offense need to look at what happened in context:

    The Bears offense clicked beautifully on their first drive and in the first quarter – it was a balanced attack, with many different players chipping in to convert (Cutler passing, Cutler running, Forte, Bush, Bennett, Hester, Marshall).

    Then Cutler took that vicious hit – and by his own admission, couldn’t throw the same the rest of the game. So the entire gameplan changed accordingly, and it was smart:

    the Bears took a conservative approach, took control on the ground, chewed up clock, avoided the high risk/high reward plays that could’ve allowed Detroit opportunities to come back into the game, and let their defense do the rest, do what it does best.

    Sure, the offense could’ve played better – but with their QB hampered and hurt, I think they took the smart approach.

    Make no mistake about it: the Bears dominated that game in all respects, in all phases. Detroit’s d-line got some pressure, sure, but Chicago’s offense rushed for almost 200 yards, 6 different players caught passes, and they OWNED the time of possession by almost 10 minutes.

    To say one garbage time TD in the final 30 seconds somehow made that game “close” is just a delusional perversion of reality.

    The Lions didn’t “beat themselves” – the Bears were a better team in all respects, and at NO point did they not have that game thoroughly in hand and under their control.

    To suggest anything otherwise makes you sound like whiny excuse-spewing Packer fans.

    I know Suh and your coach have set a bad example here – but try to man up and be accountable. Be real.

  108. iowahbr says: Oct 23, 2012 2:49 PM

    You must have been watching a different game. Dropped punts, dropped open passes and fumbles were the mainstays of the Detroit game plan. Play that Bear’s conservative style in a high scoring contest and it will be the Packers winning the NFC North again. (and I am not a Packers fan) Also it looked like the Bears replacement QB (Campbell) was as prepared for his insertion as our hero of last year was (Mr. Hanie) when Cutler was hurt. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat same..

  109. shaggytoodle says: Oct 23, 2012 3:01 PM

    The Bears weren’t doing too terrible before they went on a Five game losing streak last season.

  110. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    centralchamps says:
    Oct 23, 2012 12:28 AM
    blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 12:
    Wake Up! Your team is a joke. Three games back and in our rear view mirror. Start looking towards the draft for the 119th time.
    ——————————————————
    wont every team be looking at the draft for the “119th” time? moron
    _______________________

    Do I really have to explain this? Yes, everyone looks at the draft for the 119th time. But, the Lions are the only ones that look towards the draft this EARLY. That’s all they have to look forward to.

  111. thousandcasts says: Oct 23, 2012 5:14 PM

    Give me a freaking break. I’m a diehard Lions fan and if there’s other Lions fans thinking that the Bears’ D didn’t just beat up on the Lions offense, then they’re delusional. They basically owned the Lions O line, shut down CJ and forced the turnovers. Linehan should be fired yesterday, but to say it was all the Lions and cutting short the Bears is wrong. I hate the Bears…loathe the Bears, but they came out ready to play and the Lions came out ready to do whatever it is they seem hell bent on doing this year…which is losing.

  112. tdrundmc says: Oct 23, 2012 9:43 PM

    The bears will blow it…like they always do.

  113. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    tdrundmc says: Oct 23, 2012 9:43 PM

    “The bears will blow it…like they always do.”

    Your team better hope so.

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