All in All - at least the BEARS are still setting records...
Even if it's for the Opponent....as usual.
1. Detroit ran only 47 offensive plays but racked up 395 yards, getting 8.4 yards per play.
(Opponents are averaging 6.5 yards per play, third-worst in the NFL.)
2. This is the defensive scheme that is designed to prevent the big play, but there was Calvin Johnson running a ďShake 7Ē route in the second quarter. Cornerback Charles Tillman didnít get a proper jam at the line of scrimmage and then Johnson faked a corner route and ran a post, motoring behind strong safety Chris Harris for a 73-yard touchdown. Itís the third pass since Week 2 the Bears have allowed longer than 50 yards. They had two of those all last season.
3. Jahvid Bestís 88-yard touchdown in the third quarter, when he ran untouched as the defense looked totally out of position. It was the longest Lionsí run since 1950.
(It was the third-longest run ever allowed by the Bears, according to the teamís media guide.)
4. Itís not every day you see an NFL team commit nine false start penalties -- eight of them by an offensive line that will not look the same next week.
Oh, and let's not forget the False Start on a PUNT. LOL!
The six false starts by the Bears in the first half set an NFL record.
(That comes a year after the offense set an NFL mark with nine sacks allowed in the first half of a loss at the Giants.)
Cutler said the Bears went to a silent count early in the game. It didnít help. Left tackle JíMarcus Webb had three false starts. Tight end Kellen Davis had two. Right tackle Frank Omiyale, left guard Chris Williams and running back Matt Forte each had one. Safety Chris Conte added one on a punt.
ďNine false starts,Ē Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. ďI donít know if Iíve ever been a part of that. Our hats are off to the fans here, to the city of Detroit. Nine false starts is an awful lot and all the credit goes to our crowd.Ē
KUDO's to the LIONS crowd.....I guess.
5. hmmmmmm, not exactly a "record" but.....undrafted rookie free agent Dane Sanzenbacher, who seems to doing well the more work he gets. But the fact that he leads the teamís wide receivers with 16 receptions is a sign of what we view as an acute (borrowing one of Jerry Angeloís pet words here) problem.
6. Is there a coach in the NFL with a worse track record using the red flag than Lovie Smith? He burned a timeout in the first quarter when Matt Forte was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Lionsí 26-yard line. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh blew through the line and clogged up the play before it could develop. Replays seemed pretty clear Forte was short of the line needed to gain a first down, but Smith launched his little red challenge flag anyway. He lost and is now 0 for 2 this season. It gets worse. The Bears are now 3 for 17 (17.6 percent) with replay challenges they initiate since the start of the 2009 season.
7. On a good note: Robbie Gould has made 205 consecutive extra points after hitting one Monday night. That is the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind Jay Feely of the Arizona Cardinals. Feely has made 276 consecutive dating back to 2003. Heís been with five organizations while building his streak.
8. More good news: The team is 5-2 the week after a Monday game since 2006 (the Bears werenít on MNF in 2004 and 2005). Even better? Theyíre 4-0 at Soldier Field the week after an appearance on MNF. That bodes well this week. The Bears have one more MNF appearance this season. They play at Philadelphia on Nov. 7. The following week they host the Lions at Soldier Field.
*** The combined record of the Bearsí next three opponents is 5-10.
*** The Bears have committed double-digit penalties in two of their last three games.
*** The Bears snapped Calvin Johnsonís string of two touchdown receptions in four consecutive games.
......(Still, no receiver in NFL history has ever caught nine touchdown passes in the first five games.)
*posted with lots of help from: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...,1131907.story