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Bears Lose Opener

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Sep 13, 2004 5:49PM

Chicagoist was in Vegas this weekend, so the Bears doubly hurt us yesterday. Not only did our team lose to the Detroit Lions 20-16, but in doing so failed to cover the 2.5 point spread and cost us the $20 we put down in the sports book. Who'd have thought Detroit would choose this week to win a their first road game since the 2000 season?

2004_09_sports_bears_week1.jpgWhile the Bears outplayed the Lions in nearly every way, the key plays of the game went in the Lions' favor. With the Bears holding a 7-3 lead, they attempted to kick a 27-yard field goal to extend the lead to 7 points. However the kick was blocked and run back 92 yards for a Detroit TD, instead giving the Lions a 10-7 lead.

Near the end of the game, another key drive came up short for the Bears. With under two minutes to go, a safety cut the Lions lead to 4 and gave the Bears a chance to drive for a winning touchdown. But with 28 sceonds left, Bears QB Rex Grossman threw an interception in the end zone.

Despite the loss, there were some positives for the Bears. David Terrell -- thrust into the role of top wide receiver when the Bears traded Marty Booker -- had a career day with 5 catches for 126 yards. New running back Thomas Jones showed some flashes of his potential, too. Signs point to a much more exciting offense than the one the Bears ran under former Offensive Coordinator John Shoop.

Next up for the Bears are their big rivals, the Green Bay Packers.