The End Zone
Paul Edinger's overtime kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Lions the ball on their 40, where even a rookie quarterback on perhaps the worst team outside of Cincinnati could move an offense into position so one of the best field-goal kickers in the league could win the game.
II: James Stewart ran for 172 yards, almost all of them over Alfonso Boone, next to Keith Traylor, around Christian Peter, beside Ernest Grant and past Brian Urlacher.
III: Anthony Thomas fumbled three times, one of which turned into a touchdown.
IV: John Shoop had quarterback Chris Chandler roll out on third-and-6 with less than three minutes to go in a game where the Bears were trying to run out the clock. The execution was as bad as the play-calling, which led to a 12-yard sack, which stopped the clock, which gave the Lions enough time to tie the game.
V: The Bears were third-and-5 on their own 21, and Shoop called a play where Marcus Robinson ran only two yards. The pass was incomplete. Same goes for Shoop's thought process.
VI: Rosevelt Colvin dropped an interception and maybe a TD on the first play from scrimmage. Lots of things went through the Bears' hands, such as Stewart. And the game. The season.
I: Alfonso Boone? More like Alfonso Bust.
II: What part of "straight ahead" doesn't Thomas understand?
III: What part of "outside contain" doesn't Phillip Daniels understand?
IV: Vinny Sutherland?
V: The Bears spent two weeks preparing for this?
I: The loss dropped the Bears to 2-4, but the bigger worry is what this defeat does to the Bears' BCS ranking.
II: Thomas led the Bears in the first half with three catches. This with a quarterback who can throw downfield.
III: The Bears averaged starting near their own 45-yard line in the first quarter, while the Lions averaged starting inside their own 20. No score. That is so Bears.
IV: The Lions ranked third worst in pass defense, and Chandler threw for only 163 net yards.
I: Chandler led consecutive long drives, one at the end of the first half that looked like it might have saved the season and the other to start the second half that gave the Bears the lead.
II: After another long run by Stewart, Bryan Robinson forced Joey Harrington into a fumble, leading to a field goal and a six-point lead.
III: Ahmad Merritt returned a kickoff for 63 yards, which created a perfect situation to go into the end zone. But no. The Bears ran Thomas, who fumbled again, blowing momentum at the end of the third quarter.
IV: Marc Colombo made his first start at left tackle and Mike Gandy made his first start at left guard. Both did respectable jobs. In fact, Colombo was holding like a 10-year veteran.
The Bulls open next week.