The Detroit Lions now share a piece of first place of the NFC North after their Week 4 victory against the Chicago Bears. In the most important game of the season, the home team built a double-digit lead by halftime then finished their division opponent winning 40-32.
Here is a breakdown of the most notable performances on Sunday.
1. Ndamukong Suh
A big focal point of defeating Chicago was winning the war at the line of scrimmage. As Detroit's depth at defensive line continues to get better each week, this team becomes more dangerous and it all starts with their captain up front.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is arguably playing the best football of his career and normally plays his best football against Jay Cutler and the Bears. He finished the day with two sacks and a forced fumble that led to a Nick Fairley touchdown.
Suh continues to absorb double and triple teams creating opportunities to capitalize for the defense around him. The Lions have more than enough firepower on their defensive line and their game will always be better with Suh on the field.
2. Offensive Line
Coming into the season as one of the biggest enigmas for the Lions, the offensive line hasn't just been a strength for this team, they've been the best in the league.
The new faces and core of this offensive line have kept quarterback Matthew Stafford cleaner than any other signal caller in the game. They've allowed a league best three sacks this season and 17 quarterback hits. Left tackle Riley Reiff surrendered a sack Sunday to Julius Peppers but has done a great job this season protecting Stafford's blindside.
They also helped create a game to remember for running back Reggie Bush. Bush had wide-open gaps in the middle of the line all game and finished with another big game, carrying the ball 18 times for 139 yards and an impressive 37-yard touchdown.
Outside of a long first-half 53-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte, the Lions played their most disciplined game of the season. Detroit didn't put pressure on themselves by having to overcome a headache of penalties or missed tackles.
The Lions committed a season-low three penalties giving up only 25 yards to Chicago. In a high-stake battle against a division opponent, the home team kept their composure and came out on top. On an onside kick to end the game, receiver Kris Durham took a cheap shot on the recovery by Chicago which could've resulted in a scuffle.
The back-seven of Detroit's defense deserves plenty of credit for great open field tackling and limiting the YAC by dangerous receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin accounted for three interceptions on the day. Delmas impressively picked off two passes when he's more known for hitting players instead of playing the ball.
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