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Lions vs. Bears: Chicago stumps Matthew Stafford, Lions on Monday Night

The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions to go to 5-1 on the season.

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Just how far can the Bears go?

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Ndamukong Suh won't be fined for hit on Jay Cutler

Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will reportedly not be fined for his hit on Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler during Detroit's Monday night loss to Chicago.


A tale of two quarterbacks

The Bears and Lions faced off on Monday Night Football. It didn't go quite as well for both starting quarterbacks.


Bears fans happy with another win

The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions, 13-7, on Monday night, and claimed sole possession of first place in the NFC North with a 5-1 record. The loss drops the Lions to 2-4, and 0-2 in the division. The Bears' defense was dominant yet again, forcing four turnovers and holding the Lions off the scoreboard until a Matthew Stafford touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles with 30 seconds remaining in the game. There are lots of ways to show how well the Bears' defense played, but perhaps this stat is most telling: Detroit made it into Chicago's red zone four times, and only came away with points on one drive.

SB Nation's Bears blog, Windy City Gridiron, has a lengthy and in-depth breakdown of the game. Here are some of the highlights:

On the Bears' playcalling and Jay Cutler's performance, post-Ndamukong Suh hit:

Matt Forte ran for a 4.4 YPC. Michael Bush picked up 6.0 YPC. So why did the Bears not run once during their three-pass-play goal-line sequence that saw three consecutive batted passes from a quarterback that didn't have the same zip on the ball as he had in the first half. Cutler didn't look like the same quarterback after Suh's ankle "went into" Cutler's rib cage, for the entire third quarter. He sent passes uncharacteristically short, normally crisp passes floated a hair longer giving defensive backs time to bat them (or in Justin Durant's case, charge, leap up and bat them down). He recovered a bit by the fourth quarter, but still.

On the Bears scoring in the first quarter, for a change:

The first quarter touchdown to Marshall marked both the second first-quarter touchdown of the year and the second first-half passing touchdown of the year. The Bears scored 10 points in a quarter they've scored 13 points in all season.


Nate Burleson breaks leg, season over

The Detroit Lions have lost Nate Burleson for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a broken leg against the Chicago Bears.


Lions get backdoor cover on late touchdown

We break down the Lions late cover against the Bears on a touchdown with 30 seconds left.


Bears improve to 5-1 with 13-7 win

The Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions, 13-7, on Monday Night Football to improve to 5-1 and take over first place in the NFC North.

Chicago got on the board early with a touchdown on its first offensive possession. Jay Cutler was sharp on the drive and found Brandon Marshall for a 7-yard touchdown pass. From then on, it was more about the Bears defense than their offense. Chicago harassed Matthew Stafford all night, while forcing four Detroit turnovers.


After struggling to even pick up a first down during the first half, Detroit had some success in the second half, but was unable to capitalize. Then the Lions drove into the Bears redzone four times in the second half, but the Bears defense forced a turnover on three of the four possessions.

The Chicago defense also did an excellent job of shutting down Calvin Johnson. Johnson did not have a catch in the first half and finished with just three catches for 34 yards.

While the Bears got the win and moved into first place in the NFC North, there may be some concern over the health of Cutler. He took a big hit from Ndamukong Suh in the first half and missed some time as he was evaluated for a rib injury. He returned to play the second half, but appeared to be in pain at times and was not as sharp.


Detroit narrowly avoided the shutout, scoring a touchdown with 30 seconds to play.

Fantasy studs and duds

Matt Forte ran for 96 yards. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Bears' defense also racked up fantasy points with four turnovers and two sacks while also allowing just seven points.

Calvin Johnson was unable to get much going, catching three passes for 34 yards.


Injury report

Jay Cutler left the game briefly with a rib injury but returned to play the entire second half. Nate Burleson suffered a knee injury during the second half and did not return to the game. It was later revealed the Burleson broke his leg.

Did they cover?

The Bears opened as a 6½-point favorite and appeared to be in position to cover, but the late Lions touchdown meant Chicago failed to cover.

What's next?

10/28 1 p.m. ET: Lions vs. Seahawks

10/28 1 p.m. ET: Bears vs. Panthers

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Nate Burleson leaves game with knee injury

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson left Monday night's game with a knee injury.

Burleson was injured while making a catch during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears. His knee appeared to get caught as he was being tackled from behind. He immediately grabbed his knee and was later seen limping on the sideline while being attended to by a trainer. He was taken back to the locker room on a cart for further examination. The team said he had a knee injury and was questionable to return to the game.

The catch he was injured on was his first catch of the game. He was targeted three times in the game, dropping a potential first down earlier in the game. Burleson entered the game as the Lions' third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 224 yards.

Rookie Ryan Broyles replaced Burleson in the lineup and quickly caught a 16-yard pass, the first reception of his NFL career.


Calvin Johnson held without a catch in first half

The Lions struggled on offense in the first half against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, and Calvin Johnson was a big part of that. The team's star wide receiver failed to catch a single pass.


Lions vs. Bears: Bears lead 10-0 at halftime

The Chicago Bears lead the Detroit Lions 10-0 at halftime on Monday night, but the Bears may be without Jay Cutler, who left the game late in the first half with a possible rib injury.

Cutler was injured when he was sacked awkwardly by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Cutler returned to the game after missing one play, but he went into the locker room early with a possible rib injury. Before he left, Cutler completed 9-of-17 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed twice for 35 yards.

Matt Forte had a solid first half, rushing 13 times for 69 yards. Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 56 yards in the first half, including the Bears' lone touchdown. The Bears added a Robbie Gould field goal for the 10-0 lead. Chicago had a chance to extend its lead, but Gould had a second field-goal attempt blocked.

While the Bears have had their moments, Detroit's offense was unable to get much going offensively. Detroit racked up just 91 yards in the first half, gaining two first downs. Matthew Stafford completed 8-of-15 passes for 43 yards. Calvin Johnson was held without a catch.

The Bears will get the ball to begin the second half.


Bears evaluating Jay Cutler's ribs following sack

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went into the locker room before halftime after taking a big hit from Ndamukong Suh.

The Bears said Cutler was taken into the locker room for further examination of his ribs. He returned to the field to open the second half, although he appears to still be in some pain. Cutler landed awkwardly when he was sacked late in the second quarter, with Suh landing on top of him. Cutler remained down momentarily, then jogged off to the sideline.


Jason Campbell came in for the Bears for one play before Cutler re-entered the game. He threw a pass and appeared to be alright, but was taken into the locker room prior to Chicago's next possession. Cutler appeared to land on Suh's leg, possibly taking a knee to the ribs.

Cutler completed 9-of-17 passes in the first half, throwing for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also ran twice for 35 yards. In relief of Cutler, Campbell threw one pass for zero yards while scrambling one time for five yards.


Jay Cutler returns after Ndamukong Suh sack

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was forced to leave Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions for one play after taking a hard hit from Ndamukong Suh during the second quarter.

Suh chased Cutler out of the pocket, then grabbed his arm while also grabbing him by the shoulder pad and slamming him to the ground. Suh landed on top of Cutler, who landed awkwardly.


Cutler was down on the field momentarily before getting up and jogging to the sideline. He sat out one play because of NFL rules, but came right back on the field despite being turned into a human pretzel just minutes before.



Bears fan dressed as a bear is pleased

The Chicago Bears are playing well on Monday Night Football which has pleased the Soldier Field crowd. One fan, who just happened to be wearing a full bear costume, seemed especially enthused.


While some may make fun of this fan, he really is ahead of his time. Not only does he show extreme team spirit, but it is probably a toasty 80 degrees inside of that costume. Instead of wearing a dozen layers to try and stay warm, why not don a full mascot costume and dance after Jay Cutler first down runs?


This bear is not worthy!

You are not worthy!


Forte owns the Lions

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The Detroit Lions are looking to get to .500 this season, and a win on Monday would make it happen. SB Nation's Lions blogger Jerry Mallory breaks previews the game.


Nate Burleson says Lions prepared for the Bears

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson thinks that the Detroit Lions are prepared for the Chicago Bears defense in Monday night's game.

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