Calvin Johnson, Brandon Meriweather
Updated: October 10, 2011 11:19PM
It’s hard to say the fifth game of the season is a must-win situation, but that’s exactly what the Bears were facing Monday against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. And, after losing 24-13, the Bears now face almost insurmountable odds to stay in the playoff hunt.
With the Lions joining the Packers as the NFL’s only 5-0 teams, the Bears (2-3) have now fallen three games behind two teams in their own division.
The first quarter started on a record pace for sloppiness, as both teams accounted for 10 penalties for 69 yards. The total offense for both teams in the quarter was 69 yards.
After the scoreless first quarter, the Lions struck first as Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson on a 73-yard touchdown bomb to put the Lions up 7-0 early in the second quarter.
The Bears came right back with a 10-play, 57-yard drive, culminating with a Robbie Gould 44-yard field goal to cut the Lions lead to 7-3.
Midway through the second quarter, the Bears put together their best drive of the game, marching 88 yards in eight plays. Cutler hit Kellen Davis with a nine-yard TD pass to put the Bears on top 10-7.
With the Bears stuffing their running game, the Lions took to the air in the third quarter. Stafford picked apart the Bears’ secondary in leading the Lions on a 7-play, 67-yard scoring drive. Stafford connected with Brandon Pettigrew on an 18-yard TD pass to put the Lions back on top 14-10. Stafford was four of five on the drive.
After stopping the Bears, the Lions came right back with another 88-yard drive, only this time it took one play. Running back Jahvid Best took the handoff from Stafford and ran 88 yards untouched through the Bears’ defense to put the Lions up 21-10 with 5:20 left in the third quarter. It was the second longest run in Lions’ history.
The Bears closed the gap to 21-13 on Robbie Gould’s 48-yard field goal with just over five minutes to go in the game.
Frank Omiyale kept his starting job at right tackle for Monday night’s game against the Lions at Ford Field.
Omiyale, who was replaced by Lance Louis in the second of last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers, will start at right tackle, with Louis replacing the injured Chris Spencer (broken right hand) at right guard.
Spencer still is active for the game. Wide receiver Earl Bennett (chest bruise) is inactive and will miss his third consecutive game. The Bears’ other inactive players are right tackle Gabe Carimi, running back Kahlil Bell, defensive ends Corey Wootton and Mario Addison, defensive tackle Stephen Paea and quarterback Nate Enderle.
The Lions inactives are safety Amari Spievey, wide receiver Rashied Davis, quarterback Drew Stanton, safety Erik Coleman, running back Jerome Harrison, tackle Jason Fox and linebacker Justin Durant. Bobby Carpenter, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the Lion’s comeback victory over the Cowboys last week, will start for Durant. John Wendling will start for Spievey at strong safety.