For the second time this season and the seventh in Lovie Smith's tenure, the Bears scored points on defense and special teams to lead the team to a victory. They are now 7-0 in those games; the interception touchdown return by Charles Tillman was the team's 50th non-offensive touchdown since Lovie took the head coaching reigns in 2004.
For everything else you might want to know about the Bears's 37-13 win over Detroit, check below: (Shout out to youtube user DaBears619x for all of these clips! And of course to FOX.)
EOC pal Rick Telander gets things started with a column about the brilliance of the Bears's D, a game he calls "pure Lovie Smith." Sean Jensen details the way the "Bears put paper Lions through the shredder," while also applauding Charles Tillman's job on Calvin Johnson. Jensen also delivers a video breakdown that accompanies each article. Rick Morrisey asks why teams still kick to Devin Hester. And Mark Potash writes about the D.J. Moore - Matthew Stafford tussle that turned into a brawl, while also talking to corner Tim Jennings about the D's big day.
The venerable Fred Mitchell gets us rolling at the Trib with a game story, as well as a video breakdown with David Haugh and a story with D.J. Moore about the Stafford fight. Dan Pompei compliments the defense and special teams while calling the offense "mostly a bystander." And for all of you future historians, Brad Biggs lays down the game's nuts and bolts with his game summary.
As always, our colleagues at Chicago Now had plenty to contribute. We've got the #4thPhaseTweets column from the 4th Phase Blog, an "Ode to The Nut" (game standout Charles "Peanut" Tillman) from DA BEARS BLOG, and a shout out to sportswriting metaphors from Chicago Bears Huddle in "Bears Mop the Floor with Dirty Lions."
Over at ESPN Chicago, we've got a column from Mike Wilbon (on the Bears' D and special teams dominance), Jeff Dickerson reporting on the Bears's comparing their teammate Hester to another dominant Chicago 23 (clue: not Ryno), and Michael Wright writing about Earl Bennett's fashion crimes.
Finally, EOC favorite Dan Bernstein of CBS and The Score gives this game some big picture perspective with "Trying To Enjoy Bears Amid PSU Anger." A thoughtful read, and a fitting end to today's wrap-up.
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