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Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: Everything we know – Lions Wire

It was another long afternoon for the Detroit Lions. Dan Campbell’s crew remains winless on the season after falling in Chicago to the Bears, 24-14.

The Lions did not play well enough to win. Chicago appeared to be the better-prepared team with the better execution on both sides of the ball. Between too many Detroit mistakes and enough Chicago big plays, it wasn’t really as close as the final score would indicate.

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The Lions got off to a terrible start on both sides of the ball. Miscommunication and simple bad coverage on defense led the Bears to seize touchdowns on their first two drives. Meanwhile, the Lions failed to score on their first three drives thanks to two lost fumbles and a failed fourth-down conversion–all inside Chicago territory.

Detroit scrapped back in the second half but it was not nearly enough. Quarterback Jared Goff did not play well outside of a handful of really nice throws. The defensive pass rush was almost nonexistent, and yet the defensive front outplayed the secondary overall.

The Bears also won the Xs and Os matchup between the coaching staffs, and that’s not an expected development based on how most Chicago fans and media felt about Matt Nagy entering the game.

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Jared Goff and the Lions offense made too many miscues. The second huge one came when Goff lost the ball on a strip-sack inside the Bears red zone. Three plays earlier, the QB missed a wide open Kalif Raymond for an easy touchdown pitch-and-catch. It was the second drive where the Lions came up empty despite driving the ball deep into Chicago territory.

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By popular demand we’ll stick to Lions players here.

Third star: Quintez Cephus – 4 catches, 83 yards

Second star: Jamaal Williams – 14 carries, 66 rushing yards

First star: Kalif Raymond – 3 catches, 46 yards, 2 TDs

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The Lions suffered two major losses in this game. Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow left with a toe injury and did not return. Starting outside linebacker Romeo Okwara limped off with an apparent ankle/heel injury and did not return. Both happened in the first half of the game and each player was quickly ruled out for the rest of the day.

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The 0-4 Lions travel to Minnesota for another NFC North road game. The Vikings are 1-3 after losing to the Cleveland Browns, 14-7.

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