Good morning and ROOOOAARRR!!!!
All of a sudden, this Sunday's Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions game at Ford Field has some early season meaning.
Sure, there's still a long way to go in an NFL season that is not even at the quarter pole, but undefeated Chicago will travel to 2-1 Detroit with an early hold on the NFC North on the line.
I am guessing at the beginning of the season, looking at the Lions' early schedule (the Bears game is Detroit's only home game in a span of five weeks), most would take this.
So expect a bunch of conversation this week about what a Detroit win Sunday would mean. There would be, at least theoretically, some control of its own fate within its division a quarter of the way through the season.
And perhaps most of all, the same overarching thought that started Sunday afternoon in Landover, Md. -- that this Lions team might have a different makeup than a lot of the Lions teams in the past.
Speaking of that, let's take a trip around the Interwebs to look at what is being said about the Lions:
Starting with our coverage from Sunday: The Lions win for the first time ever at Washington and a breakdown of this gutsy call on fourth down was a big reason why. In injury news, defensive end Jason Jones is out for the year, but Reggie Bush will be back next week. Also -- the defensive line holds up again, Rapid Reaction and some Locker Room Buzz.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press grades Sunday's win over Washington.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News writes that Joique Bell filled in well for Bush.