Process of the Catch, Part Deux.    The Chicago Bears played in Detroit today and Detroit looked like a different Lions team than we have seen through the first 5 weeks of the seasons.   The Bears had their chances but fell to the Lions 37-34 in overtime.   Detroit looked like a desperate team playing for their head coach and aside from  some special teams gaffes, the Lions were an offensive machine despite playing the whole second half with Theo Riddick, their only running back who wasn’t hurt or fumbling the football.   John Fox and Adam Gase several times late in the fourth quarter and overtime looked like they did not want to win the game with some very questionable and conservative play calling.     Gase had the Bears run the ball 3 straight times with Matt Forte with the Bears having the ball just north of the 2 minute warning and in overtime again had some very bad play calling, again playing too conservative with team that had already scored 34 points that day.

This game turned in the second quarter on what was an apparent interception by Bears rookie Jon Anderson out of TCU.   The play on the field was ruled an interception but was eventually overturned and gave the Lions 21-13 halftime lead instead of the Bears having the ball on the 20.  Replay’s show that Golden Tate did not have possession for very long, if at all but the officials ruled he did, giving the Lions their 3rd touchdown.  Matthew Stafford shredded the Bears today for 405 yards on 27/42 passing and 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.    Stafford’s questionable play ended today with him taking several shots downfield, running for first downs and taking advantage of a Bears secondary that is starting 2 rookie safeties because of the injury to Antrel Rolle.   The Bears provided little pressure all day to help their young secondary and it showed on the scoreboard by allowing 37 points.

Jay Cutler responded to Stafford’s air show with 353 yards passing and one touchdown and one boneheaded interception in the red zone.    Most of the Bears scoring came through the running game and the right foot of Robbie Gould, who had 4 field goals, including 1 to force overtime.   Cutler looked to relieved to have his top receivers back from injury as Alshon Jeffrey played the first time since week 1, as Jeffrey had 8 catches for 147 yards and 1 touchdown.  Eddie Royal also returned after missing last week adding 5 catches for 49 yards.  Cutler again lead his team downfield with just 21 seconds to play to get down to the Lions 12 yard line before Robbie Gould hit a game tying 29 yard field goal as time was expiring in the fourth quarter.

The Bears entered this game with 13 guys on their injury report and limp into the bye week with a 2-4 record.   Left tackle Jermon Bushrod (shoulder),  strong safety Antrel Rolle (ankle)  and middle linebacker Shea McClellin (knee) all have a chance to be back when the Bears play again on November 1st versus the Vikings in Chicago as all 3 did not play today.

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