John Fox didn’t challenge a spot in Week 1, saying that dog piles such as the end of Brock Osweiler’s sneak typically don’t result in overturned calls.
Sunday, the Bears challenged twice on third down — and won both.
“The situations are just different when it’s a scrum situation versus wide open,” he said Friday.
While we wonder how often he regrets not challenging the sneak, here are 10 more questions as the Bears prepare to play the Lions:
1. It’s been a year since a home win?
Almost. Sunday will mark 364 days, technically (thanks, leap year) since the Bears’ last home win: Oct. 4, 2015 against the Raiders. That’s the longest drought in the NFL —after the Cowboys got their first home win in 378 days Sunday against the Bears.
2. It’s been how long since they beat the Lions?
They haven’t beaten the Lions since the last game of 2012 — after which Lovie Smith was fired.
Does it matter?
“The short and long answer to that is no,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
But doesn’t it beat the alternative?
“From a psychological standpoint, I think that has very, very little to do with a past record or past history,” Caldwell said.
The Bears have only three players left from that team. The 0-6 mark matches their worst current stretch against one team; they’ve lost six-straight to the Redskins.
3. Think Marc Trestman’s staff is too upset?
Trestman is 3-0 as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator this year. Former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, now in the same role at Georgia after winning the national title with Alabama last year, is 3-1. Joe DeCamillis, the former special teams coordinator, is 3-0 after winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos.
4. Wanna bet?
Save it for the Dec. 11 rematch, and bet on Sunday’s winner. Dating to 2004, one team has swept the other in 11 of 12 seasons.
5. Joique Bell has a Bears connection?
The former Lions running back, who the Bears signed this week, won the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy while at Wayne State. The award, given to the Div. II player of the year, is named after the Bears’ second-leading receiver, all-time, who was the 1955 NFL MVP.
6. So there’s a Mega-Waltz?
Calvin Johnson has retired, but is still on television — as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” The former Lions receiving great danced the Viennese Waltz this week and advanced.
“To be that tall and be able to move the way he does, he’s got some moves,” Lions receiver Golden Tate said. “I think more what I’m impressed with — and I think a lot of people are — is he’s showing his personality. Playing football, he wasn’t very outgoing.”
7. Why did Kyle Fuller go to injured reserve?
It has as much do to with the Bears’ roster crunch as it did his recovery — Fox called it a “rollercoaster” — from arthroscopic knee surgery last month.
“It’s not about one guy,” Fox said. “You’re only allowed 53 and we had some other injuries. You’d like to keep everybody, but that’s just not reality.”
8. How does a Dookie talk smack?
Subtly. Tate said Lions guard Laken Tomlinson, a Lane Tech and Duke alum, was passive-aggressive after his Blue Devils beat Tate’s alma mater, Notre Dame, on Saturday. Tomlinson sent him a text with an upside down smiley face.
“He’s not even much of a crap talker, but after that he was talking a lot of crap,” Tate said.
Tate admitted the 1-3 Irish were “struggling right now.”
“Obviously with college football, a loss or two or three for sure kind of knocks you out of the playoffs,” he said, “Unless everyone just starts playing bad.”
9. Are the Lions collecting college coaches?
Randy Edsall (UConn 1999-2010, Maryland 2011-15) was named the Lions’ director of football research and special projects, a position the team created in January. Days later, the team hired Al Golden (Temple 2006-10, Miami 2011-15) to coach tight ends. Ron Prince (Kansas State, 2006-08) moved from tight ends to assistant head coach/offensive line.
10. Is Matt Barkley ready?
One week after coordinator Dowell Loggains said he was not, Barkley said he could run the offense if called upon as Sunday’s likely second-stringer.
The reason: wristbands.
Calling plays without the aid is “still not second nature,” he said.
“If I hear and read it and we’re in the game and I’m going, I’ll be good to go,” he said.