Bears 13, Lions 7: Good, Bad and Ugly

Detroit's many squandered opportunities in Monday night's tilt at Chicago is what led to the loss.

The Detroit Lions lost an opportunity in the standings by squandering them on the field with Monday night's 13-7 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Entering the game at 2-3, the Lions needed a victory to keep pace in tough division where – with the Bears victory – all three of the other teams earned a win.

Now, the Lions stare at a 2-4 record with two division losses and a daunting schedule ahead.

At the conclusion of the season, the Lions may look back at these early four losses – all of which were winnable games – as the difference in a disappointing campaign.

Before that, let's look at this contest.

The Good – The Defense

When discussing the Lions disappointing start to 2012, the defense should be the last unit criticized. As they have for much of the season, the Lions defenders kept the team alive while the offense sputtered on Monday night.

They held the Bears to under 300 yards (296) and only 13 points, including only three in the second half.

In addition, the unit forced five sacks and nine quarterback hits.

Really, the only thing the Lions defense failed to do was force a turnover, but considering they forced eight punts, including five on the Bears' last six drives, there isn't too much more you could ask of this unit.

The Bad – The Offense

The Lions ineptitude with the football continued and – unlike it did against the Philadelphia Eagles – proved to be costly.

The Lions punted on eight of their 12 drives in this game – a stat that becomes worse when you consider that three of the four drives that didn't end in punts, ended in turnovers.

To make matters worse, the Lions went three-and-out on five of their first six drives with only one first down in the other drive.

The Lions had more yards on their second-to-last drive of the game (a 12-play, 90-yard drive ending in an interception) than they did the entire first half.

The Ugly – Turnovers

The Lions turned the ball over four times in this game.

With three fumbles and an interception, the Lions created an uphill battle for themselves in this contest, however, it could have been even worse considering the team fumbled three other times where the Bears failed to recover.

Also, to add insult to injury, the Lions turned the ball over three times in the red zone in a game they lost by six points. Those red zone trips should have equated to nine points at the very least but potentially more.

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