Lions go ugly, lose convincingly to Bears and nobody sounds impressed
Even in their worst years, and there have been plenty of them, the Detroit Lions' offense has rarely looked this ugly.
Four interceptions and six total turnovers wasted a solid effort by the defense as the Lions lost, 37-13 in Chicago.
Matthew Stafford, playing with a fractured finger on his right hand, finished with a quarterback rating of 47.4, his lowest since the final game of the 2009 season. The Lions are 6-3 and have lost three of their last four games.
So what are people talking about? The mini brawl in the fourth quarter, of course. Players from both teams tangled after Stafford threw his third interception. Stafford grabbed the back of the helmet of Bears cornerback D.J. Moore and threw him to the ground near the end of the play. Moore retaliated, setting off the mini brawl. Moore was ejected from the game.
"We were getting blown out, but we're not going to let somebody spear the quarterback or whatever he did," Lions center Dominic Raiola said. "That's just not going to fly around here. They can say all they want — 'Look at the scoreboard,' blah, blah, blah — but we're not going to back down from anybody, no matter when it is, where it is. The game is won and lost on the field. All that extra (stuff) we're not going to put up with."
- MLive.com: Turnovers cost Lions
- Chicago Tribune: Bears cornerback D.J. Moore miffed that he was ejected
- FoxSports.com: Columnist Greg Couch says the Lions have been exposed as bullies and frauds
- Detroit Free Press: Columnist Michael Rosenberg says Lions are done if Stafford doesn't improve
- Detroit News: Columnist Bob Wojnowski says the Lions regressed and retreated
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