You would think it would be a blow out, but the Bears played uninspired football in the first half. They let the Lions score 17 points, including a score with 34 seconds left in the first half.
The Bears defense was playing okay, but that drive made them look awful. The Bears special teams was the reason the Lions were looking good in the this game, Lions return man Stefan Logan averaged 38.7 yards on kicks and 19 yards on punts. The Lions consistently had good field position and the Bears defense was holding them for the most part.
The offense got the running game going with Forte and Taylor, they both found their way into the end zone in the first half. They combined for 97 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Getting the running game going was very important, but seeing Jay Cutler play the steady role was nice. Cutler completed 21 of 26 for 234 yards and one touchdown. Earl Bennett caught seven passes for 104 yards and he seems to be Cutler’s favorite target as of late.
Cutler’s lone touchdown pass came with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter, when Lions DE Suh just got penalized for elbowing Jay Cutler. Cutler hit Brandon Manumeluena on the following play for a touchdown and that allowed them to pull away.
Even though it looked like the Bears were struggling at times and they were, I think this was a good game to have before a big match-up against the 10-2 Patriots. The defense must be on it’s top game because the last time these two teams played, the Bears defense caused 5 turnovers and still lost. Expect the Bears to play hard nosed football in the cold windy city temperatures.
Matt Forte and Chester Taylor will be the focus in this game, running and catching balls out of the backfield will be important keys to the offense. The offense just needs to keep drives going because you don’t want Brady and the boys’ out on the field, they put up 45 points against the NY Jets, who were said to be a Super Bowl favorite.
The Bears close win over the Lions might be the reason they win or lose against the Patriots. Sunday should be a good game either way.