NFC North: Lions Grab Control Of Division

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Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) catches the ball to score a touchdown as Chicago Bears defensive back Al Louis-Jean (39) defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


The Bears’ pitiful performance on Sunday against the Patriots was easily summed up in one play — defensive end Lamarr Houston, who had up until that point severely underperformed this season, sacked Patriots backup quarterback — keyword: backup — Jimmy Garoppolo and celebrated as if the Bears were dominating the game. Instead, with the Bears down 25 points and the game seriously out of reach, Houston hopped up and down in jubilation, landed awkwardly on his knee and tore his ACL.  He’s now out for the season and should be a strong reminder to the rest of this Bears team that losing simply shouldn’t be tolerated, and especially not celebrated.  The Bears will now hobble into the bye week having already lost Houston to injury, along with starting guard Matt Slauson.  This team needs to take a serious look at its coaching approach and its players if they hope to salvage the 2014 season.