The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 17-14 for their first win of the season and first win over the Lions in seven meetings. Here’s the story.
The Chicago Bears finally shows life in the early parts of the game as they score a touchdown on the second drive going 10 plays for 82 yards. That scoring drive marks the first time a Bears offensive drive has gone over five minutes all season. The fun didn’t stop there because it was the defenses turn to show what they were made of and that they did! Allowing only 21 yards in the first quarter and one first down appeared to be a statement to their NFC North conference rival the Detroit Lions. Although there was only one touchdown scored in the first half, The Bears consistent play of confidence sent them into the locker room leading 7-3 at the half.
After a great defensive stop by the Bears goal line defense, they then marched 75 yards to put up six more. This was the beginning of domination of the game. The Bears offense comes up huge as a whole and the defense was spectacular as they get yet another takeaway in the fourth quarter. The Bears break a win streak by the Lions, beating them for them for the first time in seven meetings. The Bears also get their first win at home in 52 weeks beating the Lions 17-14 after a late Lions’ punt return and two-point conversion closes the gap. They now have a win under their belts as their record goes to 1-3. Bear Down!
Normally we will have one person who has impacted the game in a positive way to be our Most Valuable Player, BUT for this week that’s just not the case. The Bears Offense has earned the title MVP today. Everyone from the Offensive Coordinator to the Offensive Line were pretty solid today. Although they didn’t put up a lot of points as everyone would like, their consistent play and balanced offense got the job done today! Quarterback Brian Hoyer finished the game with 302 yards and two passing touchdowns with a QB rating of 120.1, rookie RB Jordan Howard finishes with 111 yards on the ground with 21 yards receiving and WR Eddie Royal finishes the game with 111 yards receiving and 1 TD. The offense finished with over 400 yards of total offense for the first time since I could remember!
Although the Bears came out with the win, there still were mistakes that could have been costly for them and could have possibly lost the game. The costliest mistake was the breakdown of the special teams in the fourth quarter. With just under three minutes’ left in the game, the Bears punt team gave up an 85-yard punt return and a two-point conversion to cut the lead from 11 to three points. Had the Bears OLB Sam Acho not recovered the onside kick, we could have seen extra minutes and possible another L. The Bears special teams is this week’s Least Valuable Player.
Play of the Game
The Chicago Bears defense turned this section from Play of the Game to PLAYS of the Game! In the first half Bears defense holds Matt Stafford’s offense to just 21 yards in the first quarter and only 99 yards’ total. Rookie CB Jacoby Glenn records his first NFL interception in the first half and rookie CB Deiondre Hall also comes up with his first NFL interception in the second half to virtually ice the game. Boy, Matt Stafford was awful generous this week huh?
Chicago Bears (1-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
Sunday, October 9
12:00 p.m. CT
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN