Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) recovers a fumble by Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) at the goal line during the third quarter at Soldier Field. The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Bears Defense Dominates in 13-7 Win Over Lions

The 13-7  score was not reflective of the defensive dominance that the Bears exhibited.  Until the closing moments, it appeared as though the Bears would get their first home shutout since 1993 and the first vs the Lions since the 60′s.  It was a darned impressive performance including a few red zone takeaways that kept the Lions stuck on a goose egg much of the game.

Charles Tillman blanketed the Lions big threat Calvin Johnson all night while Lance Briggs continues his All World play at linebacker.  Brian Urlacher moved better than he did all season while the defensive line continued to mix youth and energy with savvy and experience.  The only thing that was missing was a defensive touchdown, but you won’t hear a lot of complaints from a Bears unit that limited the once-feared Lions offense to a single, garbage time score.

For the offense, if you missed the opening drive, you missed the bulk of the highlights.  Jay Cutler led an impressive opening drive and that was about it.  The Bears added a couple of Robbie Gould Field Goals and had another blocked in a night where the offense struggled a bit.  The offensive line looked overmatched by the Lions front for much of the night, especially in the passing game.  A lot of the offense’s limitations were the result of a hurt (not injured) Jay Cutler.  He clearly wasn’t himself after a vicious hit delivered by Ndamukong Suh.

Stay tuned for plenty more coverage including a status on Jay Cutler’s bruised ribs and other injury news.  That’s it for my abbreviated postgame report.

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  • Phil_X

    Hey Boom. Glad to be at 5-1, and beat the Lions. I still have some concerns that seem to be lingering for this offense. Where are the quick throws, slants, and screens? I watched the bengals on Sunday with Andy Dalton make so many throws under 1.7 seconds and 1 and 2 step drops. Tice still seems to only wanna throw 10-20 yards deep the whole time. The line isn’t good enough to do that all day, and it’s not necessary with this defense. Ball control will keep this defense fresh, and the clock is your friend. Forte needs more catches, PERIOD! And what the hell is going on with Garza and the rest of the line getting false starts backed up against there own end zone? Frustrating.

    • John Mack

      Phil, while I agree that I’d like to see more slants and screens, I’ll also make the argument that Tice didn’t utilize that aspect of the offense 1.) because the Lions have a very solid LB core (Levy, Tulloch and Durant) 2.) There’s A LOT of growth Tice will have to do in the OC position.

      The good news – and I think most Bears fans will agree with this – is that our offense is good enough to compete and get it done against any team (minus the Packers) in the league. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago goes 1-1 between the back to back night games against the Texans and 9ers. Ultimately finishing the season at 13-3 (2 loses to the Pack and 1 to either Houston or San Fran). But there’s a lot of of football left, so no telling what happens. Next up…the Panthers!