Chicago emerged Sunday with sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
But at what price?
Early indications are that Brown's injury is not serious, but the severity of Orton's ankle injury is unknown. Orton has played the single biggest role in the Bears' 5-3 record this season, and it would be difficult to exaggerate how impactful a long-term injury would be.
Rex Grossman rallied the Bears against Detroit. But how would he fare against stiffer competition -- starting next week against unbeaten Tennessee? The best guess is you would see much more of tailback Matt Forte, who produced his second 100-yard game of the season Sunday.
The Lions, meanwhile, are left to sort out their quarterback situation after Dan Orlovsky's best start of the season. On the day his team confirmed the signing of quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Orlovsky threw for 292 yards and found receiver Calvin Johnson eight times. You would assume Orlovsky will start next week against Jacksonville, but beyond then is anyone's guess.
9:23 2nd Qtr Cleveland 0 Baltimore 0 11:30 2nd Qtr Dallas 20 Washington 7 12:15 2nd Qtr Indianapolis 7 Tennessee 0 13:19 2nd Qtr Jacksonville 10 Houston 7 10:50 2nd Qtr San Diego 6 Kansas City 10 10:38 2nd Qtr New York 7 Miami 10 7:56 2nd Qtr Chicago 0 Minnesota 3 9:34 2nd Qtr Buffalo 14 New England 3 14:26 2nd Qtr Philadelphia 14 New York 10 11:23 2nd Qtr New Orleans 0 Tampa Bay 10 4:25 PM ET Carolina Atlanta 4:25 PM ET Detroit Green Bay 4:25 PM ET Oakland Denver 4:25 PM ET Arizona San Francisco 4:25 PM ET St. Louis Seattle 8:30 PM ET Cincinnati Pittsburgh