Detroit Ends Chicago's Perfect Season
The Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears at their own game of making big plays Sunday. Reggie Bush racked up 173 total yards and the Lions' defense scored on a fumble recovery to give Detroit the 40-32 win at home.
The game started off with the teams trading field goals and the Bears took a short lived 10-3 lead early in the second quarter on a Matt Forte touchdown run. From there on out, the Lions made the day miserable for Chicago.
It was an especially abysmal day for Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. The four turnovers helped the Lions outscore the Bears 37-14 through the rest of the second and third quarters. Cutler's two touchdown passes both came in the last five minutes of the game to make the score respectable.
Matt Forte finished the day with 95 yards on 14 carries, but 53 of those yards came on his lone touchdown run. Forte's average yards per carry on all his other attempts was just 3.2. The Lions also did a good job of containing Brandon Marshall, who finished with seven catches for 79 yards. The imbalance on offense was a big part of what led to the loss for Chicago, as the Bears threw the ball nearly three times as much as they ran it.
The story of the day for Chicago on defense was an inability to stop Bush. Bush's 22 touches led Detroit and he averaged 7.9 yards per touch. The Bears were able to limit the threat of Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who had just four catches for 44 yards. Chicago did force three turnovers, but that doesn't mean much because of the 33 points that the defense allowed.
Also lost in the defeat was the fact that Bears' wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey had one of the best games of his career. Jeffrey finished with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and one carry for 27 yards. His 134 total yards led the Bears and getting regular production like this from Jeffrey would be a huge boost for the Chicago offense.
Since Cutler came to Chicago, the Bears are now 0-3 in games when the opponent scores 40 points or more and Cutler attempts over 40 passes. In order to stay in the race for the NFC North, the Bears have to get back to the balance and ball protection on offense that won them three games.