What it means: The Detroit Lions provided their usual scare but ultimately were overwhelmed in the fourth quarter. (Sound familiar?) They are 2-10 this season and have lost their past 19 NFC North games dating to Week 8 of the 2007 season. The Bears, who played a professional but not particularly inspired game, improved to 9-3 and maintained their division lead over the Green Bay Packers.
Ndamukong Suh went for the big play, the thundering hit, the turnover that could change the game. It’s what he does as well as any defensive lineman in the league.
Oh, it changed the game all right. His forearm slam to the back of quarterback Jay Cutler drew a personal-foul penalty, and the Bears scored the winning touchdown on the next play. And this was the Lions’ season in one tidy, nutty nutshell.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.