Bears 13 Lions 7
The Bears moved to 5-1 coming out of the bye and win a key divisional matchup. The offense was just good enough, while the defense continues to perform at a high level. Cutler's rib injury will be a concern all week as the Bears prepare for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Here's the grade's on the Monday night performance.
When Jay Cutler left the game with his rib injury, the fans in stands stood in silence. Cutler would later return, but the extent of the injury is unknown. Cutler was 16/31 for 150 yards and 1 TD. Jay was sacked 5 times in the game, but his ability to scramble hurt the Lions. Cutler ran 3 times for 34 yards. Cutler's QB rating was 76.0 in the game. After the injury it was obvious Cutler was just toughing it out and that hurt his play.
Running backs: B+
Forte finished with 22 carries for 96 yards. His 39 yard rush was instrumental in setting up the Bears first scoring drive. Forte didn't add much in the pass game. Michael Bush contributed with 6 carries for 36 yards. Bush's long carry was 12 yards. Both backs did a excellent job of gaining yards after the tackle. The Bears as a team averaged 5.3 yards per rush in the game.
Brandon Marshall led the way with 6 receptions for 81 yards and 1 TD. Marshall also came up big on some third down conversions. Both to the eye and statistically, Marshall outplayed the Lions elite receiver Calvin Johnson. Devin Hester had 3 receptions for 38 yards. The 23 yard screen pass he caught in the 4th quarter got the Bears out of a jam. Earl Bennett returned this week with 3 receptions for 27 yards. The tight end position contributed very little offensively, but their run blocking was sufficient.
Offensive Line: C
Jay Cutler was sacked 5 times and the Lions registered another 9 QB hits. Some of those hits were on Cutler for holding the ball too long, while others go directly on the line itself. The passing blocking was average to poor, but the run blocking was sufficient. Carimi, Garza, and Rachal all took bad penalties in the game.
Defensive Line: A
The Bears defensive line as a unit did not allow the Lions to establish a solid run game. Julius Peppers had a 1st quarter sack and in the 2nd quarter recovered a fumble. Israel Idonije registered a sack on Stafford at the end of the game for a 19 yard loss. Henry Melton came up huge with a forced fumble on the Lion's Bell at the Bears 1 yard line. Shea McClellin and Stephen Paea both had 1/2 a sack in the 2nd quarter on Stafford.
Brian Urlacher may not be the Urlacher of old, but he continues to improve. Urlacher was involved in breaking up big plays in the game. He had 7 total tackles and a fumble recovery inside the Chicago 1 yard line. Lance Briggs had 8 total tackles in the game. Briggs had a key pass deflection and also forced a fumble inside the Chicago 25 yard line. Roach was limited as the Bears used Calvin Hayden and DJ Moore in the nickel position throughout the game.
Charles "Peanut" Tillman was being called Optimus Prime after he shutdown the Lions Calvin Johnson aka Megatron. Tillman was able to limit Johnson to no catches in the 1st half. Johnson would finish with 3 receptions and no TD's in the game. Tillman had 7 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles. DJ Moore and Calvin Hayden split time at the nickel position. Moore had a interception while the Lions were in the red zone. Tim Jennings led all Bears with 9 total tackles. We saw some good things from the safeties. Wright and Conte both almost had interceptions. Despite no sacks, they both effectively blitzed Stafford. Conte also had 6 total tackles.
Special Teams: C
The Bears as a unit continue to struggle on Special Teams. Devin Hester did not have anything substantial in the return department and we also saw Eric Weems get a look. Robbie Gould was 1/1 in XP's, but 2/3 in FG's. Gould had his first field goal blocked since 2010. Adam Podlesh punted 8 times and trapped 2 of those inside the 20.
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