Maybe it’s time for the NFL to start taking notice – the Detroit Lions are for real.
“This is uncharted territory for us,” center Dominic Raiola said. “I think (coach) Rod (Marnelli) is going to keep us in there, keep us knowing that next week’s game (against Denver) is even bigger. We know what it means. … We need to keep it in perspective and got to keep that mind-set that every week is a big game.”
The teams latest win came Sunday in Chicago, which had been a house of horrors for years for the Lions, as they topped the Bears 16-7. The win 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 Bears QB Brian Griese into just 22-of-40 passing for 208 yards with one TD and four interceptions. Griese had been lightining up the air before Sunday’s game, helping the Bears give themselves a feeling they had a shot to defend their NFC crown, but now that appears a far cry sitting at 3-5.
The Bears were only able to manage 255 yards on the day against a Lions D that had allowed yards all season. 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.
Detroit sits now with five wins, and will play at home next week vs the Broncos. The Bears continue their frustrating season in two weeks at Oakland as they have the bye next Sunday.