The Detroit Lions just put on a complete team performance on their way to a 5-0 record. That means handing out SideLion Report game balls is a tough task but a task I take on nonetheless.
Jahvid Best – The Lions drafted Jahvid Best for his explosive big play potential and that was on display in a big way tonight. His 88-yard touchdown run was the second longest in franchise history and put the Lions up by two scores. Best was also able to find just enough running room to allow the Lions to run down the clock inside the two minute warning in the fourth quarter. He hadn’t had a 100-yard rushing game in his short career but broke through that mark tonight with 163 yards on just 12 carries.
Detroit Lions Fans – This game was what most fans were looking forwards to when the schedule was released and the team rewarded the fans with a good performance in front of a national audience. This isn’t just about a warm-fuzzy for the fans either; those in attendance had a direct impact on the outcome. Ford Field was louder than it has ever been for a Lions game and that led to nine false start penalties by the Bears, including three on their opening drive alone. Well done, Detroit, team and fans alike.