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Bears Swept by Lions; Fall 16-7 at Home


For the past few weeks the Bears offense lived by the pass. Sunday at home against the Lions – they died by it. In Brian Griese’s worst game since taking over under center for the Bears, the Windy City faithful didn’t have much to cheer about as the team fell 16-7 at home.

Chicago had been a house of horrors for the Lions, but now it’s not a welcome place for the home team. Chicago has dropped 3 out of 4 at home this season, losing games to the Cowboys, Vikings and Lions after beating the Chiefs in their home opener back on September 16th.

The win for the Lions means that for the first time since 2000 the Lions are 5-2. Lions Quarterback Jon Kitna and running back Kevin Jones paced the offense, as Kitna threw for 268 yards, and Jones ran for 105 yards and a score. Detroit built a 13-0 halftime lead, as their defense frustrated Griese into just 22-of-40 passing for 208 yards with one TD and four interceptions. Jason Hanson helped the Lions cause as well, kicking three field goals, including a 52-yarder that put Detroit up 13-0 with :05 left in the first half. The Bears cut the lead to 13-7 with a Griese to tight end Greg Olseon score at the 5:26 mark of the third quarter, but then the Lions defense stiffened up, and Hanson’s third score with 14:42 left ended the scoring at 16-7.

The Bears running game was bad as usual, as Cedric Benson was not very good, rushing for just 50 yards on 13 carries. Overall the team ran for just 63 yards on 20 carries. The Bears get the week off, then will travel to Oakland to try and improve to 4-5 on the season when they play the Raiders on November 11th.

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