Blog Entry

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:13 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Sunday afternoon's Bears-Lions tilt (won handily by Chicago 37-13) got pretty heated at times, with a brawl nearly breaking out after Matthew Stafford "tackled" D.J. Moore by his helmet.

There were a number of other questionable hits and, as such, the NFL is looking at handing out some fines to the players involved in the game.

"Discipline in each case will be evaluated by its own facts and circumstances," a league spokesman told Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago. "This includes determination of whether the infraction occurred 'during the normal course of the game' (e.g., was consistent with the competitive tempo, pace, and situation) or 'outside the normal course of the game' (e.g., was flagrant, unnecessary, avoidable, or gratuitous)."

It's a touch early to speculate on who might get fined, but both Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh (for hits on Jay Cutler) will probably be under the microscope, and it's a safe bet that Stafford and Moore will probably warrant some speculation too.

Week 10 Wrapup

Although Lions coach Jim Schwartz doesn't think his quarterback deserves any discipline from the league.

"Discipline for what?" Schwartz said Sunday, per our Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger. "For their guy getting kicked out of the game? For their guy getting kicked out of the game? Did Matt get penalized? No, Matt did not get penalized."

Stafford did have to deal with some physical punishment Sunday, playing against the Bears with a broken finger that he suffered two weeks ago against the Broncos.

Per Kreger, Stafford said the finger is "not that bad" and didn't affect his accuracy on Sunday. Given that he had to wear gloves for the first time in his career, threw four interceptions and hit just 33 of his 63 (!) passing attempts, there are many reasons to dispute that claim.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:45 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Oh great another reason the Bears won. Stafford had a broken finger. It wasn't because the Bears destroyed them in all 3 phases of the game, no it's because of little Matty's finger being sore.

Freaking BS!  The Bears are a top 5 team and it is about time the idiots in the media start giving them some respect!  They were the 2 seed int the NFC and in the NFC Championship in 2010 and everyone picked them to go 7-9 or at best 8-8 in 2011.  Anyone want to have a Mulligan on their Bears pick for the year?  This team will be at the very worst 10-6 and I am putting my bet in at 11-5 and look out in the playoffs, because they aren't "lucking" their way to victory

 All 3 Phases?

The Bears offense didn't do squat in that game, they got one TD on a possession that started at the Detroit 30 early in the 1st quarter, outside of that it was nothing but long field goals by one of the best kickers in the game.

Granted there was no urgency on the Bears offense to produce (good thing for them because from the looks of it they couldn't) because the Lions were coughing up the ball every 5 or 6 plays. 

From a Lions fans prespective, (and I watched this team for 35+ years), it wasn't until a couple minutes into the fourth quater that I considered this game totally lost. You see Chicago wasn't doing anything when they had the ball, and even though the Lions turned it over 6 times they were almost moving the ball at will against the Bears D, then they'd simply cough it right back up, again and again and again.

Obviously ou are not going to win with 6 turnovers, but to say the Bears dominated all 3 phases of the game is laughable and naive, the Bears offense has a great kicker, but they did not dominate Detroits defense, the Lions offense outgained the Bears offense by 177 yards, 393 to 216 with Chicago averaging only 3.8 yards per play (3.1 rushing) compared to the Lions 4.7 yards per play and 6 turnovers.

I can't wait until we meet again next year!

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:49 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Shhjustsmoke, looks like you have a little anger management issue here.  By the way, I'm 56 and have three grown sons all who played college sports.  Must be tough being a Lions fan watching all those futile teams for all those humiliating seasons, only to watch a promising season go down the drain.  I bet you are a Walmart Wolverine as well.  I guess I was wrong, maybe you better burn a big fat one to calm down a bit.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:19 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Looks like they might as well take off the pads and apply flags.  If the NFL isn't careful it will soon resemble the NBA in that if you touch someone there's a foul called.  I didn't see the game but from reading the stories and comments....WOW.  Suh, like it or not has a target on his back from the NFL and that label is unfortunately his to deal Haynesworth without the total least Suh hasn't ripped off a helmet and stepped on anyone yet. 

Looks like the No Fun League is back in action!  

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:03 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

YOU JUST PROVED MY POINT REDDUCK900 AND IF YOU WERE MY GROWN UP SON(WHICH I HAVE TWO) I KICK THERE ASS FFOR SPEAKINF TO A PERFECT STRANGER LIKE ME! Once agan its a game how old are you 26 well i am 41 all growed up thank you and maybe if  you you smoked alittle you would be less aggressive !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:43 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Maybe you need to smoke a little less, grow up and actually watch the game.  Obviously you have no clue as to what is legal or illegal regarding a "good tough" game.  I know of no circumstance where it is legal to grab another player by the helmet and throw thow them to the ground, offense or defense.  By the way how hard "are" guy was hit has no relevance to legality and yes the better team "one".  By the way I'm not a Lions or Bears fan.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:10 pm

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

No what you all just need to shut up!! Its a game and if you ever whatched the old steelers play with Bradshaw well I bet you would of seen him rip off a helmet or two!! Give me a break and stop slamming players and coachs YOU FANS GROW UP this is football its tough and emotional and its suppost to be fun not bulling and ridiculing of teams, players and coachs. Shut up all of you its football and all the players and teams deserve respect two good teams played some good fotball maybe you all need to relax and smoke alittle and stop your oh he hit are guy to hard or his finger was broke, once again its football a game and I enjoy watching a good tough game and they gave it to us sunday and the better team of the day one thats all!

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:49 am

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

First time i've ever seen a punter, kicker, quarterback, or Deion handle a blocker like that. Joey Harrington emasculates Stafford after that deal.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:43 am

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Schwartz lets the players do it week after week. He needs to be reprimanded. Suh is dirty there is no debate. Fairley should have been booted quicker than the five seconds it took him not to stop then shoulder drive Cutler. Schwartz did not pull Fairley. Great leadership I hope a dirty play like that costs them a close game because Schwartz did not coach. Fairley bigger than Harbaugh Jimmy? A coach needs to be an example, a man. Schwartz is quickly proving neither, when the going gets tough. Stafford should have been dealt with by the Bears the next snap he took. The Lion's do not play hard and like winners. They are a club of losers still even though there record says otherwise. Even losers look good when they are 6-0.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:21 am

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

@Nelsonic...I have to say, I thought the Lions might be coming around too. Another game like this though, and it's back to "Well, they have a good core, but..."  I personally thought Stafford and Moore BOTH deserved penalties, and NEITHER deserved to get tossed.  Can you imagine unneccessary roughness on the QB?? Priceless!  I'm a big Bears fan, and admit that I'm probably a little biased, but keep in mind I also don't think Suh is a dirty player. It's the NFL, guys are going to bang around a little bit.  I really don't see the big deal either.  And no, I don't think anyone really cares about the Lions yet, lol. 

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:59 am

NFL looking at Bears-Lions, Stafford broke finger

Wow, lots of Lions hate. I never knew people even cared so much...
I really thought this team was finally coming around but it's becoming they still have many holes to fill, and some discipline problems from the coach on down. But man, people are acting like Stafford tried to hurt the wasn't that cheap guys. Ya gotta lighten up. We all know that most QBs, punters, kickers and Deion Sanders all tackle the same. Not really known for the their toughness. Yeah, he was WAY frustrated, the Bears killed the Lions, and emabarrassed Stafford in the process. I've seen stuff like this in a million games...I guess it just gives people a reason to yap.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or