Detroits gridiron gladiators were officially welcomed into the real NFL Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
Given the accolades that are usually reserved for legitimate playoff contending teams, the Lions faced a Bears team that had been seething for weeks, awaiting their rematch with the Honolulu Blue and Silver.
And the Monsters of the Midway lived up to their name, routing the Lions 37-13.
Detroit limps home with a bloodied nose and bruised ego, which might be beneficial, depending on how the Lions now react.
After starting the season with five victories, the Lions have lost three of their last four -- two of them at home -- and have replaced the Oakland Raiders as the team everybody loves to hate.
Since the losing began, the Lions have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Weve witnessed coach-on-coach crime, accusations of taunting an injured player, Ndamukong Suh meeting with the NFL commissioner to clarify what he can and cannot do, numerous personal-foul penalties, and Ma...