Rapid Reaction: Bears 34, Lions 7

October, 5, 2008
10/05/08
4:05
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- While watching Sunday's affair at Ford Field, it was hard to know exactly where the Chicago Bears' dominance ends and the Detroit Lions' incompetence begins.

Nearly everything the Bears tried to do worked, and the Lions could hardly string together three consecutive positive plays in a 34-7 Bears victory. But give credit where its due: As the sun sets on Week 5, the Bears sit alone atop the NFC North.

In fact, they're the only North team with a winning record, but who's counting? Any way you look at, the Bears produced the most convincing performance of any team in the division this season.

Most interestingly, at least to me, is that the Bears used their passing game to jump on an opponent for the second consecutive week. Quarterback Kyle Orton threw for a career-high 334 yards, and even with the big lead, the Bears called more passes (35) than running plays (30) before Orton was replaced by Rex Grossman.

If you're a Detroit resident, don't be concerned. Fans have been streaming out of Ford Field since early in the third quarter. At the final gun, about seven people were still in the stands. There should be no Sunday afternoon traffic disruptions.

Be back with you in a few hours.

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