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GAME IN REVIEW: Lions improve to 3-1 with a division win over Chicago

Posted Sep 30, 2013

In a true team victory, the Detroit Lions take a 40-32 decision over Chicago to take the lead in the NFC North

In the two full games that Reggie Bush has played for the Lions (both happened to be at home), he has 364 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns (that's a 182-yard average).

To say Bush has been a good fit thus far would be an understatement. His impact out of the backfield has not only generated yards for himself, it has opened things up for other offensive weapons.

In Detroit's 40-32 win over division-rival Chicago, Bush rushed for 139 yards (the most since Kevin Smith had 140 vs. Carolina in 2011) and saw six different players catch a pass (TE Brandon Pettigrew led with 7 catches for 54 yards).

But even with all of the flashiness the offense provided, the defense has to be mentioned.

The Lions sacked Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler three times (he had been sacked three times total heading into the game), picked him off three times and returned a sack-fumble for a touchdown.

DT Ndamukong Suh had two of those sacks, including the forced fumble and two QB hurries, but said after the game he wasn't happy with the defensive performance.

"(The Bears) were successful to a certain extent, but I think we did a good enough job to, obviously, win the game," said Suh. "I'm actually not that happy because we gave up 32 points."

Special teams also played a key role in the win. Heading into Sunday's game, the Lions ranked last in the NFL in kickoff returns, with their average drive start being 18.9.

Against the Bears, the Lions average drive start was their own 43-yard line, with a 57-yard return by Michael Spurlock contributing to that stat.

"This was a team win," said QB Matthew Stafford. "Offense, defense and special teams. Nobody played their best game, but we played together as a team. We have to have more of that."

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