TWENTYMAN: Lions defense - not Bears - forcing the issue in first half

Posted Sep 29, 2013

After hearing all week about the Bears' ability to generate turnovers, it's the Lions dazzling the highlight reel after the first half of play

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 extra special care of the football.

What we didn't hear much of was how the Lions defense had forced six turnovers of it's own on the season and have turned those into points.

Through the first 30 minutes, Sunday, it's the Lions defense that's forcing the issue and making the bigger impact.

Safety Louis Delmas set up a Lions score with his first interception of the season at the Bears 33-yard line late in the first quarter. The play led to a David Akers 31-yard field goal.

Fellow safety Glover Quin intercepted a Jay Cutler pass at the Chicago 44-yard line in the second quarter and returned it all the way to the Bears 2-yard line. That turnover led to a 2-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson the very next play. The Lions scored two touchdowns in a span of 22 second, thanks to the Quin interception.

In all, the Lions have forced two interceptions, a fumble that was recovered by the Bears and two sacks in the first half.

It's the Lions defense that's made the most impact in the first half and they're a big reason the Lions have scored 30 points in first half for the first time ever vs. Chicago.