The Detroit Lions are 5-0.
Please allow that to sink in for a moment.
They are 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 1956.
The Lions manhandled the Bears in an impressive 24-13 victory on Monday night in Detroit. In all honesty, the score is misleading, as the game was never within Chicago's grasp in the second half. Sloppy play was exhibited by both squads as there were a whopping 26 penalties committed. Ford Field was as loud as it's ever been and the Lions big name players made big plays when they were needed.
Calvin Johnson hauled in 5 passes for 130 yards and a score, making him the first player in NFL history with 9 TD's in the first five games of the season. He is in a prime position to challenge Randy Moss's TD record.
Matthew Stafford looked sharp per usual this season as he converted 19 of 26 passes with two scores and 219 yards. He completed passes to eight different receivers.
The most impressive part of Monday's victory, however, was Jahvid Best running wild for 163 yards rushing. His previous career-high was 78. Last season, Best showed flashes of brilliance but was hindered with nagging turf toe; but he appears to be healthy once again. The line was giving him enormous holes to run through and Best was flying through at full speed.
The defense committed too many penalties, but were able to hold the Bears to 13 points and 360 total yards. Forte ran for over 100 yards and Cutler passed for nearly 250 yards, but Detroit's "bend but don't break" defense was on full display. The Lions made big stops when needed, including a crucial fourth-and-1 in the first quarter. The line continuously pressured Jay Cutler and accumulated three sacks.
Nick Fairley made his NFL debut and was in on several keys plays, including one QB hit.
Will the Detroit Lions ever lose again?
Most likely, but let's enjoy the ride while it lasts.