In their last meeting, the Lions beat the Bears at Ford Field. Despite being pressured the entire night, Jay Cutler played (arguably) his best game of the season. While his numbers didn't necessarily jump out, he kept the Bears in the ballgame.
The problem that night was the defense couldn't limit the big plays from the high-powered Lions offense. The defense allowed a 73 yard bomb to Calvin Johnson and a Jahvid Best 88 yard scamper in which he was untouched.
Since then, the Bears made personnel changes to the secondary by benching Brandon Meriweather and Chris Harris, who was later released, and benching Frank Omiyale indefinitely in favor of Lance Louis. As a result, the Bears won have three straight games and looked to avenge their week five loss.
The Bears didn't look all that impressive nor did they have to do the heavy lifting, thanks to the defense and special teams. What's impressive is that the offense continues to play mistake-free football.
Earl Bennett is emerging as Cutler's number one target. Bennett grabbed six receptions for 81 yards including a couple third down catches that helped extend drives.
Chris Williams left the game due to a season-ending wrist injury, similar to Brian Urlacher 's injury a couple years ago, that required immediate surgery. He is expected to be out for the season. We may see Omiyale back on the field, soon enough.
Matthew Stafford entered the game with only four interceptions. As a team, the Lions led the league in the turnover differential. On Sunday, the Bears forced six turnovers, the most the team has forced since 1995.
The defense set the tone early in the game, when Julius Peppers clothes-lined Calvin Johnson, forcing him to fumble with Brian Urlacher recovering. After scoring on the ensuing drive, we knew the Bears were going to win.
Tim Jennings helped keep the momentum on the Bears side, when he punched the ball out of Nate Burleson's arms after getting beat on the initial play and failing to knock him out-of-bounds. Jennings led the team with 11 tackles.
Major Wright had a pick-six to start the third quarter and that squashed any hopes of a Lions comeback.
Charles "Peanut" Tillman, who has never been to a Pro Bowl, handcuffed Johnson for the entire game, holding him to seven catches for 81 yards and no touchdowns. Tillman helped seal the victory with a pick-six.
Devin Hester did it again, this time with the flu. He now has 18 punt and kickoff return touchdowns.
Robbie Gould booted a 50 yard field goal. Does anyone else notice the improved kicking power over the past couple seasons?
Adam Podlesh launched a 70 yard punt and helped the Bears win the field position battle.
funnykeithlyle I'm not getting #DevinHester anything for Xmas. He's just going to return it. #Bears #4thPhase
VTBShomie If the #Lions are bullies we just saw an episode of Bully Beatdown! #Bears #4thphase
Gsquare9 #Revenge is a dish best served cold #4thPhase #Bears 37-13 love it #Beardown
pdlopez Suh can play dirty the entire game but Moore gets ejected? Too bad the Lions aren't going to make the playoffs. #4thPhase
On a side note... watch a replay of the game and watch how dirty the Lions play. Honestly, they should've been flagged for more unnecessary roughness penalties. They took cheap shots at Bears players, including Stafford's helmet pulling of D.J. Moore, the entire game. Lance Briggs, finally responded with a rough hit of his own by decking Johnson with his shoulder.
The butt-whooping the Bears served on the Lions showed each teams' their true colors. The Bears are still a team that can impose their will on other teams while the Lions showed that they are indeed a dirty and cheap team – a characteristic that will keep them out of the playoffs.