Matt Forte=2008 Matt Forte.
A win is a win? In a game that produced more up and downs than Jay Cutler’s performance last season, the Bears slide stepped a fierce Lions comeback with the aid of a generous call in the final moments, holding on tight to a 19-14 victory over their division rivals Sunday afternoon at sunny Soldier Field. Yet, is there reason to celebrate amidst controversy, lackluster execution? Despite the win, you get the feeling Chicago left the field a loser, rather than a winner. Did the Lions win? Detroit got outplayed, outgained, and outdone, however, they executed when it counted, whereas the Bears didn’t. Four giveaways, inability to punch it in on goal to go twice, and on top of that you barely struggle to come away victorious against Shuan Hill? Week 1 is strange and you can’t deny this: Lions look like a team on the up and up, Bears seem to be declining. As a Bears fan, I almost rather lose than win like this. This is a situation when a win is a win doesn’t apply, nor make sense. Should it have to make sense?
If your a Lions fan, other than the Stafford injury, you have to feel good about yourself. You went on the road and answered the critics with a strong defensive performance and you came back on what should have been a touchdown to Calvin Johnson. Biggest weakness answered? Not only are you impressed with Jahvid Best’s two touchdowns, but you hold a team to just two touchdowns despite giving up 463 yards of total offense. Most importantly, you shut them out on all four of thier opportunities inside the 20. The sad part about it apart from the bogus call and injury to your starting QB, you lose, mainly because you cannot defend a running back (Meet the “new and improved” speedier Matt Forte, or just the rookie version re-run of Matt Forte) receiving the ball. Tough luck. Very unfortunate, nonetheless, your team is heading into the right direction. Don’t worry Motor City.
Stats meaning nothing? Stats are don’t tell you the winner. In a game where stats contradicted themselves and didn’t correctly forecast the outcome of the contest, you can’t look past the Lions inability to run the football, as they were held to just 20 yards. Give the Windy City’s defensive unit credit where credit is due, they kept the team in the game when the offense couldn’t get the job done. This game was an offensive letdown, neither offense looked impressive. The defenses of both sides were the story. Newcomers made impacts. Julius Peppers recorded a sack, knocked out Stafford at the end of the 1st half. Kyle Vanden Bosch tallied 11 tackles, 10 solo and rookie sensation 2nd overall pick from Nebraska Ndamukong Suh earned his career NFL sack.
Both clubs joined forces to combine for 7 turnovers which means very sloppy play, and all but confirms these teams will be fighting to see who gets to dwell in the cellar and who gets the higher pick come April. In conclusion, you come away with a sense that Jim Schwartz’s squad is closer to turning things around than Lovie Smith’s troops, even if the Lions are 0-1 and the Bears are 1-0. But this is the NFL. Strange things happen, and this Sunday was no different. Week 1, how much significance can you put into it? Overreaction Sunday? I don’t know, but the one thing I know is a win in the end is still a win, no matter how bad you play and how weird you feel at the end of the day. I guess sometimes no wins and everyone loses, despite what the scoreboard indicates.
Don’t put much stock into this one. In what was supposed to be the highest scoring game of the weekend, it was the exact opposite, go figure – that’s Week 1 in the NFL for you.