You get the feeling that tonight's Lions/Bears meeting at Soldier Field could be a throwback to the good ol' days of the "Black and Blue" division games played decades ago. All week long the phrase "playing through the whistle-and beyond" was how Detroit was being characterized around the Bears in Lake Forest.
While the Bears (4-1) were enjoying a bye-week, the Lions (2-3) came back in the 4th quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23; they won despite racking up 16 penalties (playing through the whistle and beyond). That was a huge win for the Lions; much has been expected from them this year. They were a big story last season making the playoffs after being the NFL doormat for a long time. Of course, the Bears would love to beat them to maintain a good distance with their lead in the NFC North’s division. The only blemish on the Bears season was the loss to Green Bay — a loss to the Lions wouldn’t be devastating, but could complicate playoff scenarios.