The Bears committed nine false-start penalties in their Oct. 11, 2011, game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, beginning with one by Kellen Davis on the first trip to the line of scrimmage, repeated by Chris Williams and J’Marcus Webb, all within the first five times out of the huddle. It was a game marked by 14 penalties on the Bears but also 12 on the Lions.
No member of the offense has been called for a false start, and the Bears have committed just 11 penalties through three games (the Lions have 27). Only Indianapolis (seven) has fewer.
To that end the Bears went with ear-splitting crowd noise all week during practice to prepare for a crowd that will have substantial Bears representation but which has gotten loudly behind the Lions in recent seasons.
Coach Marc Trestman also kept his team practicing outdoors on Halas Hall’s natural grass in what appeared to be something of a psychological ploy.
“We had the noise and you know it's not as fast a surface as we're going to play in Detroit, so I believe it will give us an opportunity to be faster and to feel faster when we get out there,” Trestman said. And besides, as far as staying outside preparing for an indoor game, “the weather was so nice, who wouldn't want to be outside for three days?”