Detroit Lions drop to 0-4 after Justin Fields, Chicago Bears dominate them, 24-14

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CHICAGO – In a season of near-misses and almosts, the Detroit Lions had plenty of both Sunday.

The Lions committed two red-zone turnovers in their first three possessions and failed to score on two more trips inside the Chicago Bears’ 20-yard line, losing their fourth straight game, 24-14, at Soldier Field.

The Lions (0-4) are off to their worst start since going 0-5 to open the 2015 season, and Dan Campbell’s 0-4 record is the worst by a Lions coach to open his first season since Rod Marinelli went 0-5 in 2006.

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Campbell’s aggressive approach cost the Lions valuable points Sunday when he passed on one field goal early, choosing unsuccessfully to try and convert a fourth-and-goal from the 5 on the Lions’ second possession, and another late, when Jared Goff threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 from the 8 with 4:19 to play.

David Montgomery ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries for the Bears before leaving with a left knee injury early in the fourth quarter, and Justin Fields had a resurgent effort in his second career start, completing 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards with one interception.

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Fields was 6 of 20 passing for 68 yards and took nine sacks in his first career start against the Cleveland Browns. The Bears had 1 net yard passing in that game.

On Sunday, the Lions lost two fumbles in the first half and needed 11 goal-to-go snaps before they scored their first points.

Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Lions drove to the Chicago 8-yard line when Frank Ragnow prematurely snapped the ball of Goff’s leg. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols caught the ricochet in the air, and the Bears marched 89 yards in six plays to take a 14-0 lead.

The Lions drove to the Chicago 5 on their next series, but D’Andre Swift lost 2 yards on a second-and-goal run and Alec Ogletree deflected a Goff incompletion on fourth down.

The Lions had a goal-to-situation for the third straight drive on the next possession, when Robert Quinn beat Penei Sewell for a sack-fumble that Khalil Mack recovered for the Bears.

Goff was credited with two lost fumbles and now has five turnovers in four games this season.

The Lions, who lost Ragnow, their Pro Bowl center, and outside linebacker Romeo Okwara, their sack leader last season, to foot injuries in the first half, scored all 14 of their points in the second.

Goff finished 24 of 38 for 298 yards and threw touchdown passes of 4 and 25 yards to Kalif Raymond. He missed an open Amon-Ra St. Brown on fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter.

Jamaal Williams led the Lions with 66 yards rushing on 14 carries and Quintez Cephus had a career-high 83 yards on four catches.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions now 0-4 after Justin Fields, Bears dominate