Lions improve to 3-1 with 40-32 win over Bears
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press
It was clear these weren’t the same old Lions when they scored three touchdowns in three minutes and 26 seconds in the second quarter.
Really. Check the math.
It was abundantly clear when they maintained their composure even though they gave the Chicago Bears too many comeback opportunities in the second half.
Reggie Bush looks MVP-like as Detroit Lions beat Bears
Kevin Patra – NFL.com
You could play “Madden NFL 25″ all day long and might not be able to conjure up as many combo moves as Reggie Bush displayed Sunday in the Detroit Lions’ 40-32 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Bush ran, spun, leapt, cut, spun again, shimmied and scampered all over the Bears’ defense for 139 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. He added four catches for 34 yards.
The Lions’ offense is completely different with Bush in the lineup. The running back didn’t just do it on screen passes and outside runs. He showed an ability to gain chunks of yardage on creases inside.
Detroit Lions Finally Assuming Playoff-Minded Identity
Zach Kruse – Bleacher Report
If the Detroit Lions qualify for the playoffs in 2013, Sunday’s 40-32 win over the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears might serve as the jumping-off point.
In taking over first place in the NFC North, the Lions transformed Jay Cutler back into his pre-Marc Trestman form, ran over the Bears defense with a healthy Reggie Bush and didn’t commit a game-changing penalty. And save for garbage time, the Detroit defense controlled the game with a dominant showing.
Overall, it was the kind of win that can provide the confidence needed for a team with just four wins a season ago to push for the playoffs now.
Three questions with Drew Sharp: Are the Detroit Lions the best team in the NFC North?
Drew Sharp – Detroit Free Press
The Lions are now in first place with a 3-1 record and two victories over divisional foes. Are they the best team in the NFC North?
No. You still must put Green Bay way ahead of the Lions. The Packers have the best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. The Lions still haven’t faced a good quarterback in their first four games. I never bought into the Jay Cutler resurgence nonsense of the past week. He remains a mistake machine when he plays beyond his limitations as was the case on two critical series in the second quarter Sunday.
Now, should the Lions finally beat Green Bay on the road next Sunday then perhaps we can have that discussion about a potential shift atop the NFC North.
Lions proved to be the only ones to get in Suh’s way
Patrick Finley – Chicago Sun-Times
Ndamukong Suh had broadsided Jay Cutler, popping the ball loose onto the ground and into Nick Fairley’s arms.
Fairley had done the rest, running four yards for a touchdown to put the Detroit Lions up 21 points over the Bears as the third quarter wound down Sunday.
Suh and Fairley figured they’d celebrate.
On the Lions sideline, they jumped toward each other, trying a flying chest bump.
They collided — and Suh tumbled to the ground.
‘‘I think I am the only guy that brought him down this year so far,” Fairley said.
The Bears certainly didn’t.