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Detroit Lions should get it together this season
Pat Caputo – Oakland Press
I have little doubt at some point this season, albeit later rather than sooner based on the looks of it, the Detroit Lions will get their collective act together.
The special teams breakdowns of every sort will cease. Receivers will start latching onto passes they are currently dropping. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will throw with more accuracy and garner exceptional statistics.
But it is likely to be too late.
Bears bend, refuse to break in win over mistake-prone Lions
Chris Burke – Sports Illustrated
At the risk of oversimplifying why all that is true, it basically boils down to this: The Lions make mistakes, and the Bears force other teams to make mistakes.
Suh: ‘No harsh words’ with Cutler
Vaughn McClure – Chicago Tribune
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn’t care if people perceive him as a dirty player. He defended the “football play” he made against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night, a hit that sent Cutler tumbling and injured his ribs.
“People are always going to have their opinions,” Suh said. “It’s not going to hurt my feelings.”
Four Downs recap: Detroit Lions fumble away any chance to beat Chicago Bears
Justin Rogers – MLive.com
A look back at the four keys for the Detroit Lions in their game against the Chicago Bears and how they played out:
What Gives, Matt?
Patrick Daugherty – RotoWorld
Stafford still seemed to view setting his feet as more of a recommendation than a must, and didn’t deliver any of the big plays he specialized in last season.
But things are not nearly as dire as the shaky statlines and Twitter doom would lead you to believe. Is Stafford playing anywhere near the level he did in 2011? No. Is even approaching those numbers this season a realistic possibility? Probably not.
But the sky isn’t falling. 35. That’s how many career starts Stafford now has under his belt. That’s otherwise known as just two more than Sam Bradford and 12 fewer than Josh Freeman.
Rapid Reaction: Bears 13, Lions 7
Kevin Seifert – ESPN.com
The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, made four big mistakes to scuttle any chance at one of their signature comeback wins. At 2-4, the Lions are the only team in the division without a winning record. Their playoff hopes are bleak.