Five Detroit Lions Takeaways from the win over Chicago

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Don’t get too excited just yet

Oct 18, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions fullback Zach Zenner (34) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears players during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The win is nice, make no mistake. Being 1-5 is a lot better than being 0-6, and paired with the close losses earlier it proves coach Jim Caldwell’s mantra that his Lions are not as bad as the record appears.

Now for some cold reality…
• Chicago just isn’t a very good football team
• The two punt return gaffes would have cost Detroit against a better opponent
• Offensive injuries are a real problem going forward

The last point is the most critical. In his Monday press conference, Caldwell revealed that backup running back Zach Zenner suffered broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. He’s out for the season. With starter Joique Bell still hobbled, the running back corps is terribly depleted.

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  • Health and performance issues remain along the offensive line too. Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle left Sunday’s win with yet another malady. Cornelius Lucas, who had been playing as an H-back because the Lions only had one healthy tight end, was forced into action in Waddle’s place. On the very first play, Lucas was flagged for a blatant holding call. Normal right guard Larry Warford played Sunday but his outlook is uncertain going forward; even if he plays, he just hasn’t been the dominant presence he was as a third-round rookie in 2013.

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