Detroit Lions Game Grades for Win over Chicago Bears

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Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) reacts after tackling Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (not pictured) during the second half at Soldier Field. Detroit defeats Chicago 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line: C

The Lions defensive line was phenomenal against the run, allowing Matt Forte to rush for 33 yards on 17 carries. They also managed two sacks. Why then, is the grade so low? Answer: Dumb, costly penalties. A facemask (though clearly inadvertent) by Ndamukong Suh, a late hit by Nick Fairley, a helmet-to-helmet personal foul on Willie Young. When will they learn?

Linebackers: B+

An interception late in the second quarter by DeAndre Levy cost the Bears at least three points, the difference in this ball game. They also played a large role in dashing any hopes Chicago had of running the ball. Martellus Bennett was held largely in check, catching 4 balls for 29 yards.

Secondary: D

Ugh. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery did seemingly whatever they wanted, finding large holes in the Lions defense. Jay Cutler attacked Darius Slay every time he was in the game, and for good reason. I’m not sure what to make of this secondary. The safety position was improved with the signing of Glover Quin and the health of Louis Delmas, and Chris Houston is, at worst, a legitimate number two NFL cornerback. Unfortunately, the problems in this secondary still exist.