One of the reasons for all the optimism in Detroit heading into this season was the arrival of rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley. As it turned out, the optimism was justified — the Lions are 6-2 — but Fairley has hardly seen the field.
Since Lovie Smith stepped in as Bears head coach, the Bears have lost both Detroit Lions games twice (2004, 2007). And there is a pattern, one that doesn’t apply to years in which the Bears have lost twice to Green Bay or Minnesota, one that stretches all the way back through Bears-Lions history.
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.