First, let me say that the season is on the line in Green Bay on Sunday night. The season is not over, but if they lose that game they will be 4 games back in the division and 1-4, so the playoffs are likely out of reach - too many teams would be too far ahead of them to realistically believe they have a shot.
The Lions went to town on the Bear in the 4th quarter with 34 points. New QB, same results. The Bears have played poorly, particularly on D in all four games so far. They had a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter and could not keep it together. Too many mistakes, poor play calling, and too many injuries all contributed to the debacle.
I could go into a lot of detail, but will focus on the play calling. The problem I have with the Bears is that they go from Grossman to Griese, presumably to get away from gunslinging and taking chances to game management. Then what do they do? They throw the ball 52 times! On 1st and goal from the Lions 6, with 30 seconds left and a couple of timeouts, the Bears called a pass play and Griese threw an interception. So the Bears went into halftime ahead 7-3, instead of up 10-3 or 14-3.
The Bears D forced a turnover on the Lions first drive of the second half and gave the Bears a 1st and 10 on the Lions 12 yard line. After a run and an incomplete pass, on 3rd and 8 from the 10, Griese threw another interception. Those 6 points, plus a blocked field goal cost the Bears 9 points.
To make matters worse, on 3rd and 3 from the Lions 44 with the Bears up 13-10 in the fourth quarter, the Bears called a pass play. Griese threw an interception that went back 64 yards for a Lions TD. That's 7 more the offense gave away.
If you are going to play Griese, you have got to make the gameplan and play calls more conservative. Run the ball, win the field position game, and don't put him in a position to make so many mistakes by throwing the ball 52 times! Just feed Benson the ball, especially with the lead, and let the offense try to build an identity around the run. He rushed 5 times for 3 yards in the first half. Then, in the third quarter, he had 9 rushes for 45 yards and really looked to be getting it going. But, in the fourth quarter he had 1 carry. That is just bad play calling.
I have faith that Lovie and the team will get things straightened out. If they win the next two divisional games they will be back in the thick of it.