I’ll admit that I watched most of the first half of this game while fast forwarding between plays, but then again, most of the first half of the Lions offense looked like it was on fast forward. Reggie Bush left scorch marks on Bears defenders as he provided electric moments for the Lions as they exploded to take a 30-13 halftime lead against the 3-0 Bears.
The game was relatively close, tied at 3 apiece after the first quarter. Then the Lions exploded for 27 second quarter points behind 11 carries for 112 yards from Reggie Bush, who also added 3 catches for 24 yards.
The Bears have done a fair job keeping tabs on Calvin Johnson, but Peanut Tillman was not on the field for the Lions’ last drive at the end of the half. Julius Peppers had one of his better games so far this season with a big tackle for loss early in the half and a big sack and strip of Stafford to give the Bears a chance at keeping it a bit closer late in the half.
Jay Cutler had a rough half in Detroit, tossing 2 interceptions, including one intended for Brandon Marshall down the sidelines and another into double coverage. Neither throw was advisable and both proved costly.
Matt Forte had a beautiful 53 yard TD scamper on a pitch play with outstanding blocks by Jeffery and Marshall on the outside. Otherwise, the rushing game was pretty stagnant, overall getting 58 yards on 6 carries.
The Bears committed their first pre-snap penalty by the offensive line and the guys had their hands full with Suh and Co.
In the second half the Bears must slow down Bush and limit mistakes by the offense. It’s going to be a tough hill to climb.