The trash-talking Detroit Lions didn’t exactly back up their words Sunday afternoon versus the Bears, but they did manage one impressive drive, the first of its kind against the Bears defense this season. It resulted in Jon Kitna’s one-yard TD scamper that cut the Bears lead to 17 points. Chicago held on to the lead however, winning 34-7 at Soldier Field.

On the offensive side of the ball, Bears head coach Lovie Smith gave fans and Chicago media what they’ve been begging for since August when he benched starting quarterback Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter. Grossman’s performance (20-27, 289 yards, 4 TD) impressed many, but apparently not his head coach who has not officially named his starter for next Sunday’s first place showdown at Minnesota.

“I feel I have the inside edge on the starting job,” said Grossman’s replacement, Brian Griese who completed his only pass attempt for five yards. “I played. We won. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”

Number of the day: 2
Third downs converted by Bears opponents so far this season on 20 chances. Green Bay was held to 1-11. Detroit converted 1-9.

heckler editorial staff