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The Detroit Lions have been where the Bears are. Worse off, actually, as recent as last season. A 1-7 start (the lone win was in OT over the Bears in Detroit) had coach Jim Caldwell's job in jeopardy, and the organization made a mid-season change at offensive coordinator.

The Lions then went on a 6-2 dash to the end of the year, capping it off with a second victory over the Bears, who could use even a morsel of information on fixing their broken season.

Prior to that game, Caldwell explained the two points on which Detroit's season had turned.

“I think the big thing is we haven't turned the ball over and we've done a better job stopping the run,” Caldwell said last December. “Those two things kind of jump out at you right away. We've run the ball a little better, and I think overall just operation is better.”

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So there it is, the save-your-season method the Bears seek in arresting their 0-3 free fall. And the wisdom of 10 months ago is spot on for the Bears currently.

The Bears have turned the football over six times through three games. The giveaways have led to 17 points, which arguably stands as a mild compliment to the defense: Four of the six have given the football to the opponent in the Bears' end of the field, at least once per game and by four different players.


And they are indeed the worst running team in the NFL, and the real question going into next Sunday is whether the Bears have the personnel to affect a legitimate running game.

“I think it’s hit and miss, just like us,” said coach John Fox, though not limiting the problems to just that part of his team. “Really in all three phases. I think there’s been some positives. I don’t think we’ve put a complete game together by any stretch. I think that’s evident. Whether it’s the run game, the run defense, the pass game, the pass defense, obviously none of it’s been good enough.”