We heard all week how the Chicago Bears defense was so good at turning the ball over and how the Detroit Lions offense had to take special care of the football.
What we didn’t hear much of was how the Lions defense had forced seven turnovers of their own coming into the game.
The Lions defense forced four more vs. Chicago, Sunday, returning one for a decisive touchdown, as the Lions escaped a late Chicago rally to win, 40-32.
The victory improves Detroit’s record to 3-1 on the year -- 2-0 in the NFC North -- and puts them in first place in the division.
The Lions have been waiting all season for all three phases of their football team to show up for a full 60 minutes of football. Sunday, we saw how good they can be when that happens.
Bush also caught four for 34 yards.
His lone touchdown pass was to receiver
The touchdown, and the win, were both good birthday presents for Johnson, who turned 28 on Sunday.
The momentum completely changed in the Lions favor midway through the second quarter.
Following a Stafford 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Lions a 16-10 lead, safety Glover Quin intercepted a Jay Cutler pass at the Chicago 44-yard line and returned it all the way to the Bears 2-yard line. It led to that 2-yard Stafford-to-Johnson connection.
In 22 seconds, the Lions turned a 10-9 deficit into a 23-10 lead. They managed to hang on the rest of the way, even though it took an onside kick recovery by
The Lions special teams got a 57-yard punt return in the second quarter by
The 40 points put up by the Lions Sunday are the most the Bears have allowed since 2009 vs. the Cardinals.
Offense, defense and special team all showed up for the Lions on Sunday, which is why we can call them the first-place Lions for at least the next week.