In their first Monday night game in a decade, the Detroit Lions not only defeated the Chicago Bears in the battle of North division rivals, they embarrassed them in a way that went far beyond the 24-13 final score.
The Lions improved to 5-0 while the Bears fell to 2-3.
The only bright spot for Chicago fans was that Julius Peppers's first half knee injury didn't appear to be too serious as he returned to action in the second half.
It's been no secret that the Bears have struggled defensively this season and Sean Jensen spoke with some of the players, including Brian Urlacher, about why they stink on the side of the ball that's always been their greatest strength. It's also no secret that the offensive line has some serious issues, and Mark Potash spoke with Bears right tackle Frank Omiyale about the struggles on Monday night. Another bright spot for Chicago fans was that even with the struggling offensive line doing possibly the worst job this season against a consistently persistent Lions pass rush, Jay Cutler turned something out of nothing while never being able to fully set his feet whenever he dropped back to pass. Rick Morrissey looked at Cutler's performance amid the lack of talent surrounding him.
After a 2-3 start, Steve Rosenbloom writes that the Bears's entire season has become a false-start. Dan Pompei also took the side of the Bears much-maligned quarterback. Brad Biggs offered his ten thoughts on the loss and also wrote on how undrafted rookie receiver Dane Sanzenbacher's ascent as a serviceable slot receiver shows just how poor the weapons are on offense. While the Bears's defense has been just as horrible as the protection for Cutler by the offensive line, no one on the team has avoided any accountability, writes Fred Mitchell.
Jon Greenberg writes how easy it would be to blame general manager Jerry Angelo but how the responsibility to right the season falls on the coaches. Jeff Dickerson offered the five things we learned about the Bears from Monday nights performance. Michael Wilbon wrote how the clock is ticking down for the Bears to save what has been a poor start to the season.
Christopher Cason covers the Chicago Bulls for the Examiner.com and freelances for HOOP magazine and contributes to Slamonline.com. He will be providing a look into Chicago sports journalism every Wednesday at Eye on Chi. You can follow him on twitter @C4DUNK.