Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) rushes the ball against Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Win With Ground Game, On Offense and Defense


As the Detroit Lions took on the Chicago Bears, all the talk was about Jay Cutler‘s groin. He returned earlier than expected and the injury clearly impacted his play.

The Fox broadcast talked about it at length, speculating on how Cutler was feeling and whether or not the Bears would be better off turning to Josh McCown.

I imagine it got nauseating for some Lions fans watching at home. If that’s you, I want to make you feel better by telling you it was as big of an issue as it was because of what the Lions did against the Bears rushing attack.

Think about it, had the Bears been able to mount any semblance of an effective rushing attack, Cutler’s injury would have been marginalized. Instead, the Lions allowed Matt Forte just 33 yards on 17 carries and held the Bears as a team to just 1.9 yards per carry.

The Lions did just fine on the other side of the ball too. Reggie Bush went over the 100-yard mark for the second time against the Bears this season. It is the first time a Lions back has done that since Barry Sanders in 1997. Even with a Matthew Stafford kneel down at the end of the game, the Lions finished with an average of 5.6 yards per carry.

The Lions were able to run the ball and shut down the run. Listening to endless talk about Jay Cutler’s groin is a small price to pay for that kind of success.

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  • Shawn Feeney

    About time somebody mentioned the shutdown of Matt Forte!! By far, his least productive day this year. Sure, Jeffrey and Marshall had big days, but the Lions shut down Forte and that caused problems for Bear QB’s. A tough, not very pretty win, but these are games the Lions have been losing for 50 years. Now, they are winning some of them.