Someone say mercy

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
DETROIT -- This is how bad it is Sunday afternoon at Ford Field: With 40 seconds remaining, the normally conservative Chicago Bears called a timeout with hopes of getting the ball back and padding their lead before halftime.

Alas, Chicago got off only more play after taking possession at its 10-yard line. But it's clear that the Bears -- like most everyone in attendance here -- has little regard for the Lions' competitiveness. It's 17-0 at halftime and Detroit looks like a team that has only installed half of its offense.

Twice, quarterback Jon Kitna threw deep and when his receiver cut off his route. There is little imagination and less execution. Officially, the Bears have held the Lions to five first downs and 67 total yards.

Chicago could very well end this day with sole possession of first place in the NFC North. They'll be deserving -- as will the Lions with their position in the cellar.