In the two full games that
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
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.
"(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
MORE NEWS AND NOTES FOLLOWING SUNDAY'S WIN:
- With a 3-1 record, comparisons are being made to the 2011 team that went to the playoffs. But Mike O'Hara says this Lions team should stand on its own.
- Four keys to Detroit's win over Chicago? The offensive line had a strong performance, role players stepped up, Reggie Bush was back and Ndamukong Suh wreaked havoc.
- Stafford specifically cited Pettigrew's performance as being key to the win.
- "That guy, he works his tail off," said Stafford. "He's been a guy that, since I've been here, has been a security blanket for me ... that guy is tough. He's blocking his butt off. I'm glad we got to repay him with some passes today."
- The Lions did not get out of the game unscathed. Both
Rashean Mathisand Chris Houstonsuffered injuries during the win.
- With all the talk of the Bears' turnover-generating defense heading into Sunday's game, it was the Lions defense that forced key turnovers in the first half, really setting the tone.