Can't chat, but the game goes on

CHICAGO -- Technical difficulties are preventing me from participating in our Monday Night Live chat. I'm sorry about that, but somehow I think you'll still be able to function this evening.

As for the game at Soldier Field, it's fair to say the Detroit Lions are barely functioning. The Chicago Bears won the first quarter handily, taking a 10-0 lead and outgaining the Lions 102 yards to 30. The Bears defense limited the Lions to one first down, and the Lions offense hasn't had an answer.

But do stay tuned. We all know the Lions do their best work at the end of the game, not the beginning.