Rapid Reaction: Bears 37, Lions 13


CHICAGO -- A few quick thoughts on the Chicago Bears' wild 37-13 romp over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field:

What it means: With seven weeks to go in the season, the Bears and Lions have matching 6-3 records. The Bears' is the result of a four-game winning streak, and they now have won 11 of their past 13 regular-season divisional games at home. The Lions have lost three of their past four, and their six-turnover meltdown in a game that carried as much significance as Sunday's at least gives us pause in considering their viability for the playoff race. It also won't do much to halt the national perspective of the Lions as a dirty team, as you'll see in a moment.

StaffordWatch: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a terrible game, throwing four interceptions, two of which the Bears returned for touchdowns to put the game away in the third quarter. You have to wonder how much Stafford was affected by an injured finger on his right hand, which apparently occurred two weeks ago against the Denver Broncos. Stafford wore gloves on a warm day -- the game-time temperature was 69 degrees -- and had trouble with his accuracy for much of the afternoon. Equally notable was his loss of composure after the Bears' third interception, throwing down cornerback D.J. Moore and instigating a brawl that ultimately led to Moore's ejection. Stafford threw 63 passes, tied for the eighth-highest single game total in NFL history, but he has questions to answer on a number of fronts after this game.

Chippy fourth quarter: The Stafford-Moore showdown was the culmination of a chippy game that had recently included personal fouls against Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. Those of us who saw through this fourth quarter are eagerly anticipating the rematch, whenever it occurs.

Bears' defense: The final numbers won't back this up, but I thought the Bears did an exceptional job in pass coverage. Lions receivers were tightly covered throughout the game and didn’t get much in the way of yards after the catch. Cornerback Charles Tillman's performance against Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was Pro Bowl caliber.

Injury report: Johnson, whose first-quarter fumble started the Lions on their sloppy path, didn't play after an end-zone collision midway through the fourth quarter. The Lions weren't sitting their starters at the time, so we can only presume Johnson suffered some sort of injury.

What's next: The Bears will host the San Diego Chargers, and the Lions will host the Carolina Panthers, next Sunday.