When the Chicago Bears hosted the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, I was curious as to how the team would respond in facing one of the toughest defensive fronts in the league. Sure the Bears had reeled off three straight victories prior to being off in Week 6, but the only real test they had faced this season was the Green Bay Packers and the result of that game was a 23-10 loss. In spite of a mediocre game from an offensive standpoint, the Bears managed to beat the Lions 13-7, extending their winning streak to four games. Here is my take on how they played on both sides of the football.
Offense - C:
For all of the talk in training camp regarding the explosive potential of this group with regards to the passing game, the unit has yet to live up to expectations. The Lions front four did a good job of putting pressure on our offensive line for the most of the game, en route to recording five sacks. Jay Cutler was held to just 150 passing yards, but did hook with up with Brandon Marshall in the first quarter for the team's only touchdown of the night. Despite lacking a consistent passing game, the Bears did have success moving the ball on the ground, accumulating 171 yards. Matt Forte led the attack with 96 yards on 22 carries.
Defense - B+:
In the offseason, there were plenty of comments about the defense not being as good this year due to the unit getting older and supposedly slower. In spite of all the negative talk, the defense has played a huge role in the team's success this season and they shined again on Monday night against the Lions. Not only did they hold Detroit scoreless until the final minute of the game, they also limited Calvin Johnson to just three catches for 34 yards. In addition to that, our defense also recorded four turnovers, three of which came with the Lions on the verge of scoring. Not too shabby for a unit that some people had written off prior to the season.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who has followed the Bears for more than 20 seasons. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693
"Lions' No. 2 offense has no answer for Bears' bullying D", Sean Jensen, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bears' defense still monstrous", Sean Jensen, Chicago Sun-Times
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