2. How do you feel after your team loses to the Lions? How do you feel after they beat the Lions? (For the Lions fan, flip this with the Bears.)
CLAPP: Beating the Lions is more of a sigh of relief than anything. And losing feels like a disaster that will pretty much ruin my upcoming week, as pathetic as that sounds.
FLAGG: After the Bears beat the Lions, I feel like the world is headed in the right direction. When the Bears lose to the Lions, I blame it directly on Obamacare.
KIJAK: Losing to the Lions always hurts, no matter how good they are. Beating the Lions lately has felt like a big accomplishment. They may not be a consistent playoff team, but they bring it for every divisional game.
WILTFONG JR: It's always good to see the Bears win, even more so against a divisional opponent. The flip side of that is true too. Dropping a game inside the NFC North is always bad news. With the Lions, since they aren't in the Packers' class, a loss is extra sour, because it's a game you expect the Bears to win.
MACPHERSON: The Bears losing always puts me in a bad mood, especially against a team we should beat and even more so when I can't stand the opponent. By the same token beating them is amazingly good and lifts me up. Maybe it restores my faith that the bully can get their just desserts.
PETER THE LIONS FAN: I like Chicago because I live here and this city is awesome. So on some level, I'm glad the team from the city I'm from won. But I'm more disappointed as a Lions fan. Especially since the refs hand you guys victories on a platter when we play you because the NFL hates Detroit along with the rest of America. (This includes Detroit itself.)
After the Lions beat the Bears, I feel great about it. And I tell my Bears fan friends to stop underestimating us. Then when I'm alone I breathe into a paper sack.
TONY THE PACKERS FAN: Losing to the Lions is embarrassing. The last time they beat us, they knocked Rodgers out of the game in the first half. Rodgers owns that team. Beating them doesn't feel like much of anything. Nowhere near beating the Bears or Vikings.
G THE VIKINGS FAN: It feels bad to lose period, but to lose to the Lions, the perennial divisional bottom feeder, it hurts, because if you lose to them it most likely means you've taken their spot at the bottom :(
3. When was the last time you felt the Lions held an unquestionable emotional advantage over your team? How long did that feeling last? (For the Lions fan, flip this with the Bears.)
CLAPP: Have they ever? But seriously, one thing you have to keep in mind is expectations for the Lions' fans. When the Lions went 10-6 in 2011, it was a huge, huge deal for the franchise and their fans. The Bears go 10-6 last year, fans are upset and the head coach is fired.
KIJAK: 2011, when they made the playoffs. Seeing the Lions make it after Cutler's injury was pure salt in the wound. We really had a shot that year.
WILTFONG JR.: Never. Even when they had Barry Sanders, they had mediocre quarterback play, so I always thought the Bears had a legitimate shot at picking up the W.
MACPHERSON: That's a great question. Can only think the 2011 season when they were rejuvenated and beat us at Ford Field. It ended with a thorough kicking at Soldier Field.
PETER THE LIONS FAN: 2011 early in the season. Detroit was so fired up about this team. "Restore the roar" and all that. We had some great comeback victories and made the playoffs. It was a good time. Of course, this was immediately followed by prolonged and extreme disappointment.
TONY THE PACKERS FAN: I cannot remember a time when I've had that feeling.
G THE VIKINGS FAN: Never. The Lions were bullied as a child, thus the complex they've developed as adults.