The Detroit Lions win 40-32 after jumping out to a 40-16 lead early in the fourth quarter. Here are some final thoughts on the game.
The offensive line dominated the interior of the Chicago Bears defensive line all afternoon. Rob Sims and Larry Warford faced little resistance in run blocking, opening big holes and sealing the lanes wide open.
Rookie Darius Slay had to fill in for a concussed Rashean Mathis, and by and large he played well. Alshon Jeffery did make a great catch for a touchdown on Slay, but it was tight coverage and Slay had a hand on the ball. He looked much more comfortable, which is a great sign going into Green Bay next week.
Ndamukong Suh deserves serious consideration for Defensive Player of the Year. He thoroughly dominated Kyle Long, who Bears fans talked up a bit too much for his liking. Two sacks, two other tackles for loss and at least three quarterback hits for Suh today.
Detroit fumbled four times, losing two. Chicago once again does a good job of attacking the football. The Lions were very lucky the loose ball security didn’t bite them today.
Chicago accomplished the comeback largely against a very passive coverage scheme. Prior to that, the Lions coverage was very solid. Louis Delmas really showed great range in this one and came up with two breakups.
The Lions will head to Green Bay next week at 3-1 and tied with Chicago for first place in the NFC North. But this win gives the Lions the early tie-breaker over the Bears, which is critical.
I will have takeaways from the game and a full team report card coming soon. You can also follow along with my musings on Twitter @JeffRisdon. Thanks for following along!