Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/23/12
Monday night, October 22, 2012, brought about a very busy night for many TV's across America.  Between the final presidential debate, Game 7 of the NLCS between the Giants and Cardinals, and, of course, the Chicago Bears versus the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.Odds are when the television ratings for the night come out that the Bears-Lions tilt on ESPN comes out on top.  This was a defensive struggle of a football game that felt like a heavyweight title fight.  You had the Bears march right down and score early, but then the Lions found a way to keep the Bears offense out of the end zone the rest of the game.  So, what did we learn with this football game?  It was not just one thing for most football fans but many different things you can take away from this football game.  These are the top five things that we learned from this football game.1.The Lions' defense is still a very undisciplined groupThe Lions biggest issue keeping them from reaching that elite level they seemed to be on the verge of in 2011 is their lack of discipline and self control.  Several times throughout this game the Lions made some terrible mistakes that may have cost them the football game.  For instance on the Bears only touchdown there is no way Brandon Marshall should have been that open.  Had the Lions not been so focused on the blitz the linebacker could have gotten in front of Marshall and maybe we are talking a different result after a pick six.  The Lions defense seemed to be more concerned with getting into the Bears' heads.  The Bears held their ground for the most part and in the end it only made the Lions defense look foolish.2. The Bears' offensive line still has a long way to goThe Chicago Bears offensive line has made tremendous progress the past few weeks but still has quite a ways to go.  The Lions were able to register five sacks on Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler.  One of those sacks by Ndamukong Suh resulted in an injury to Jay Cutler.  Cutler landed awkwardly bruising his ribs and never was the same the rest of the football game.  Five sacks is unacceptable no matter who the opponent is.  Cutler has battled injuries the past couple of season and much of this cam be attributed to the fact that Cutler is getting so beat up.  If this does not get better the Bears may not reach their goal of a Super Bowl in 2012.3. The Lions' offense is in trouble.The Lions offense has been a mess thus far in 2012.  Matthew Stafford can not seem to find the magic he had in leading the Lions to the playoffs in 2011.  Calvin Johnson has been slowed a bit so far this season.  Johnson only has one touchdown in six games in 2012 and was held out once again on Monday night versus the Bears.  While Mikel Leshoure has had his moments, the Lions have no consistent running game.  Without this consistent ground game you have what happened Monday night.  Defenses will sit on Calvin Johnson and dare the Lions to run knowing they can't do it regularly.4. The Bears' defense is for realThe Chicago Bears have turned many heads through their first six games.This was a group considered to be past its prime and ready to take a step back.  If Monday showed us anything, it is that this Bears' defense is not going away any time soon.  With two fumble recoveries, the Bears continued their incredible turnover pace, with the only surprise is for the first time since Week 2 is that the Bears defense did not score a touchdown.  Most impressively was Charles Tillman's effort versus Calvin Johnson.  Tillman held "Megatron" to 3 catches for 34 yards.5. The NFC North may be the best division in the NFLThe Bears currently lead the NFC North at 5-1 and the Lions are in the basement at 2-4.  However you have the Packers in 3rd at 4-3 and the Vikings in 2nd with a 5-2 record.  This truly is the black and blue division with four tough nosed teams that you may beat but you'll know you have been in a fight.  It would not be surprising to possibly see three of these teams in the playoffs come January.  Which team will be the odd man out?  It is far to early to tell, but if you sleep on the NFC North you will regret it. 
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