Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) huddles with teammates during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Win over Bears shows a different Lions team
Jamie Samuelsen – Detroit Free Press

The defense feasted on turnovers. The quarterback didn’t take sacks and didn’t make mistakes. The running back was a constant threat both on the ground and through the air. The tight end was a weapon and a favored option in the passing game. This was a disciplined team with an imaginative coach which would be very difficult to beat.

It turns out that the narrative was right on the money. The problem was that it described the wrong team. Those characteristics all ended up describing the Lions instead of the Bears.

Lions have NFL’s No. 1 third-down defense
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

The Lions have the best third-down defense in the league through four games. The Bears were 1-for-13 in third-down conversions against the Lions Sunday. The Redskins converted 6-of-13 on third down, more than the other three opponents combined.

The Cardinals were 1-for-11 and the Vikings 2-for-10.

All told, Lions opponents are converting at a 21.3-percent clip. The Chiefs rank second (22.2 percent) and the Niners are third (30.9).

Detroit Lions’ schedule looks favorable after test at Green Bay
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Things are setting up nicely for the Lions a quarter of the way into the season.

Their schedule, once considered the toughest in the NFL, is now one of the league’s most favorable with just one game left against a team that currently has a winning record.

Injuries, though certainly an issue — and potentially a big one against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday — have mostly been of the short-term variety.

Lions can prove they are for real with win at Lambeau
Tyler Dunne – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The decade-plus of incompetence is supposed to be behind the Detroit Lions. They landed the quarterback and paid up to keep him long term. They built a fearsome front four. They add offensive firepower annually.

But to this point, it’s all been a tease. The Lions haven’t threatened the Green Bay Packers’ perch atop the division.

This Sunday, they’ll have a chance to prove they’re for real at their house of horrors – Lambeau Field.

Lions cover units made Devin Hester a non-factor Sunday
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions special team’s coordinator John Bonamego didn’t want to see explosive Bears return man Devin Hester get his hands on the football eight times on Sunday.

Bonamego told detroitlions.com on Monday that Hester getting that many touches certainly wasn’t in the game plan, but Bonamego also said he was extremely happy with the way his coverage units handled the All Pro returner when he did get opportunities to return.

“We were able to contain him and not let him affect the game,” Bonamego said. “That’s a victory when you go against a player of his caliber.”

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