Lions get: HUMILIATED!

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September 17, 2006

Chicago, Illinois

Soldier Field

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Fresh in the hands of the Bears was the Lions Roy Williams guarantee and this normal hard-hitting blood bath was for sure already turned up from hot to boiling. The Lions had one of the best defenses in the NFL last week when they went against the defending NFC champions Seahawks but an anemic offense to say the least. They were facing yet another ferocious defense but an offense that was difficult to judge. Were they as good as the looked last week or was the Packers that bad? We would see.

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What will you do if State wins? I am waiting. Great win on Saturday! Bears got the opening kickoff and immediately moved the ball. They got as far as their own 41, but the Lions defense held and Jon Kitna and the gang took over at their own 20. However a stupid holding penalty moved them back to their 10 to start their first drive.

Kevin Jones had a nice run but on third down Jon Kitna got hit and fumbled and the Bears got the ball at the Lion 4. After a failed rush Grossman found an alone John Gilmore in the end zone for the quick TD. With 10:11 left in the first quarter the Bears had a 7-0 lead.

The Lions came right out attacking the Bears. Going right after Urlacher and Harris they ran Jones up the middle for 29 yards and it gave them a first and ten at the Bears 41. That was for naught however when Kevin Jones fumbled and the Bears go the ball at their 25 after a celebration penalty. That meant the Lions had had the ball twice and both times had turnovers. Sadly Jones’s fumble was just poor handling of the football. The Lions defense however kept the Bears out of the end zone but they didn’t look good. With 6:19 left in the first the Lions were killing themselves and the Bears had a 10-0 lead.

The Lions killed themselves again on a stupid illegal block in the back on the kickoff. That said, it was Roy Williams time with two huge catches each that led to a first down and the fans let him know he was not a Chicago hero. A pass to Pollard made it three plays and three first downs for the driving Lions. After a Kitna sack, the Lions again suffered from a stupid penalty, a false start. All the work again was for naught as they had a second and 21. Again they rang the stupid hammer as yet again they got another penalty this time holding on Backus and the faced a second and 31! On third and 30, they gave up and did a little swing to Bryson and had to punt away what was once a very promising drive. They couldn’t even do that, when they once again got another penalty before the punt, a false start. That meant it was fourth and 31 again, a distant memory was the success early in the drive that had them in the Bears territory. Even the punt was terrible as it was shanked but luckily rolled. The Lions came out pathetic. There is no excuse for this and the coaching staff had to do something.

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The Bears offense ended the first quarter driving and a first and ten on the 43. The driving didn’t last long as they finished with a huge 41-yard TD pass and with the successful PAT the Bears now had a 17-0 lead with 14:16 in the second. The Bears were hitting on all cylinders and the Lions were getting destroyed by themselves.Â

The Lions got yet another drive moving (again through the air) yet again, another penalty killed yet another nice gain. Facing a critical third and 14 at their 46, the Lions went deep and picked up an obvious pass interference and they now had a first and ten at the Bears 12. Once again the air had been good to them. The Bears obvious team speed stopped Jones with a two-yard loss on first down. Making it second and 12 at the 14. That quickly changed however when Rex Tucker got a dumb false start penalty in the red zone and then they quickly lost three on an ill advised Kitna pass under trouble. Third down had Kitna getting sacked by big Tommie Harris and Hanson missed the 40-yard field goal on fourth down. The Lions were crumbling and it was sickening to watch.Â

Back came the driving Bears who imposed their will on a Lions defense that seemed to have no idea what it was doing. Run or pass it didn’t matter. The only highlight was that they avoided any penalties but they gave up plenty of real estate to let the Bears move. Where was the hard-hitting group from last week? Had they gotten to much good press the week before? It didn’t matter. On the last play of the drive the Lions did pull out the penalties, this time a hold by Bryant and guess what? It didn’t matter Clark still caught the ball and it was a 31-yard TD from Grossman. The PAT was good and with 3:36 left in the second quarter the Lions were being humiliated 24-0. Now excuse me. I will stop writing about this and go throw up!

Well after I got that nasty taste out of my mouth, the Lions took their opening drive down for the TD by Jon Kitna. The PAT was good and with 10:20 left in the third the Lions got on the board and finally executed what the coaches had given them. That drive also ended the Lions offense quarter without a TD at 7. The good thing was that they had killed themselves in the first half and if they kept pounding the rock as Sarge teaches, they had some hope of getting back into it.

The Lions ended the Bears next drive with a nice strip and recovery by the Lions giving them the chance to make a game of it starting on their own 48. They were unable to do much and a Harris punt in the end zone gave the Bears back the ball at their own 20. The Lions looked to have turned momentum when Boss Bailey intercepted a Grossman pass and took it in for the TD. Sadly once again a stupid penalty (this time by Fletcher) brought the TD back and kept the Bears driving. Driving they did for another Grossman TD pass and yet again a successful PAT and with :32 left in the third quarter it was 31-7 Bears.

At the end of this embarrassing defeat the score was 34-7 but that would have made you think that it was closer then it was. The Bears not only defeated the Lions, they humiliated them. “That was the most horrible display of football that I have ever seen,” was Lions tackle Jeff Backus’s description. “Yeah it is real frustrating to do some things and then shoot yourself in the foot,” said Lions QB Jon Kitna.

I had the chance to talk to Roy Williams after the game and MUCH to his credit, he faced the media and he admitted to me that “yeah, I came in here (locker room) and I cried, I am taken it real hard.”

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Grades:

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Offense: moved the ball well. Kitna was 23 of 30 with no interceptions. They had 245 yards of offense and that is not good. F

Defense: must have got too much love last week, they couldn’t have stopped anyone today. F

Special Teams:Â F

Coaching: F Sarge said it was his fault and although I wouldn’t have given all the blame he can have it if he wants it.

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