CHICAGO -- A few thoughts at halftime from Soldier Field, finally:
I said "finally" because the first half took an hour and 45 minutes. We're on track to start the third quarter at about 6:20 p.m. ET.
All things considered, the Detroit Lions are fortunate to be in a two-score game. Turnovers on each of their first two possessions, and questionable execution in their punting game, could have made it much worse.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, by my count, missed on 10 consecutive throws at one point and was not sharp at all in the first quarter. You can only assume he is affected by a finger injury he suffered two weeks against the Denver Broncos. Overall, he has completed 14 of 28 passes.
Receiver Calvin Johnson hasn't been sharp, either. He lost his first fumble in two seasons in the first quarter and dropped what probably would have been a touchdown pass in the second quarter.
With that said, the Chicago Bears defense has been exceptional. It has two sacks, but most notably, Lions receivers are getting no yards after the catch. That's a credit to the Bears' coverage and tackling skills.
Kick returner Devin Hester is clearly not full strength. All he has is an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown and a second return of 29 yards. He hasn’t played on offense and went to the locker room in the second quarter for unknown reasons, but it has been reported he is dealing with a sprained ankle and strep throat.
I know there are some Bears fans who are nervous, but the Lions haven't been sharp enough on offense to make this a concerning situation, at least not yet.
Wind has played a role in this game. Most notably, it seemed to get hold of Robbie Gould's 43-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.