Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/10/11

Stop us if you heard this before- Jay Cutler didn’t have much a pocket to work with, and his receivers did very little to help him.

Matthew Stafford (19-26-219-1-2), on the other hand, actually had some protection, and his two TD passes put Detroit ahead in the third. Jahvid Best’s (12-163-1) 88-yard run later in the third quarter gave the Lions a double-digit lead, and they held on for a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears Monday night. It was the first home Monday night game in Detroit in a decade.

The Lions (5-0) are undefeated through five games for the first time since 1956—the year before their last NFL title.

The defending NFC North champion Bears (2-3) are off to their worst start since 2007. Already three games behind Detroit and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay in the division, the Bears are in serious trouble regarding their playoff chances.

Cutler (28-38-249-0-1) kept his team in it as much as he could, and was a rather valiant, sympathetic figure when you consider her was running for his life on ever play. And his receivers still look like they don’t know what they were doing. Although Matt Forte followed up his 200 hundred yard game last week with another solid effort: 22-116

The largest crowd of the season at Ford Field. 67,861 fans created enough noise to rattle the visiting Bears into nine false start penalties. And the first quarter itself seemed to take an entire week since it contained a ton of penalties on both sides.

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