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Bears Top Lions for 48-24 Win (Video)

Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Bears started slowly again, but this time it was the defense that looked shaky, as they headed into the locker room at halftime tied at 21 apiece with the division rival Lions

Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford marched the Lions up and down the field with ease throughout the first half, seeming to be able to hook up with Calvin "Megatron" Johnson whenever he wanted. 

The Bears play against rookie quarterbacks like the Cubs and Sox play against pitchers they've never seen before.  (See Matt Ryan in 2008).  By the way, moment of silence for the end of the 2009 baseball season in Chicago.  As we seem to always seem to say, wait 'til next year.  OK, back to greener pastures and the Bears.

Thanks to some key halftime adjustments by Lovie Smith and a rookie of their own, the Bears pulled away in the second half to go into the bye with a 48-24 victory. 
Rookie receiver and return man Johnny Knox took the opening kickoff of the second half 102 yards for a touchdown and the Bears never looked back.

From Dan Pompei's article in the Tribune:

The second shrewd coaching decision was Lovie Smith's call to have Charles Tillman follow Calvin Johnson in the second half. In the first half, the Lions receiver had five catches for 119 yards, but in the second half he had only three catches for 14 yards.

"The D-line made my job easy," Tillman said of the unit that had four sacks, three in the second half. "They had tremendous pass rush. I'm nothing without them. Coach [Rod] Marinelli has done a great job of getting these guys to be the best rush men I've ever seen."

The influence of Marinelli, whom Smith hired after Marinelli was fired by the Lions last winter, was obvious.
So the Bears saved face for former Lions and current Bears D-line coach Rod Marinelli and extended their winning streak to three games as they head into a much needed bye next week.

Normally a Week 5 bye is a little early in the season, but for the injury-riddled Bears, the break couldn't come at a better time.  Receivers Devin Hester and Johnny Knox left the game with injuries, though neither is believed to be serious.  Where have I heard that before?  Oh, I remember, when Brian Urlacher had a 'minor' wrist injury back in Week 1.  Let's hope I'm just being paranoid.

Backup running back Adrian Peterson also went out with a first quarter knee injury.  We'll be tracking all the injury updates including the anticipated returns of linebackers Pisa Tinoisamoa and Hunter Hillenmeyer after the bye.

The Bears ground game got it going a little bit on Sunday.  Matt Forte totaled 121 yards on the ground, but a big chunk came on long runs of 61 and 37 yards.  Jay Cutler added an Elway-esque rushing touchdown of his own, diving for the pylon and helicoptering into the end zone.  Meanwhile Garrett Wolfe scored his first career touchdown in garbage time.   For a complete scoring summary, check out our live game blog.    

Check out the video highlights of Sunday's exciting win over the Lions:




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