GAME RECAP: Chicago Bears 13 Detroit Lions 7
CHI - Brandon Marshall catches a 7 yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick is good) @ 11:22. Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards in 2:50.
CHI - Robbie Gould makes a 39 yard kick @ 1:23. Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards in 2:39..
CHI - Robbie Gould makes a 21 yard kick @ 11:2. Drive: 7 plays, 24 yards in 2:12.
DET - Ryan Broyles catches a 12 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick is good) @ 0:30. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards in 1:43.
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DETROIT LIONS GAME BALLS:
One of 3 Lions LBs with 5 solo tackles and picked up 1/2 sack
Struggled early but knocked away a few big passes as game progressed
Rookie caught his first NFL pass and first NFL touchdown
|Time Of Pos.||25:25||34:35|
|">Total Net Yards||340||296|
|Net Yards Rushing||99||171|
|Avg. Per Rush||5.5||5.3|
|Net Yards Passing||241||125|
|Yards Per Pass||4.9||3.4|
|Red Zone Efficiency||1-4-25%||1-3-33%|
|Goal To Go Efficiency||0-2-0%||1-2-50%|
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATS:
Passing CHI - Cutler 16-31-1-150 | Campbell 1-1-0-0
DET - Stafford 28-46-1-261
Rushing CHI - Forte 22-96 | Bush 6-36 | Cutler 3-34 | Campbell 1-5
DET - Leshoure 12-63 | Stafford 3-23 | Bell 3-13
Receiving CHI - Marshall 6-81 | Hester 3-38 | Bennett 3-27 | Forte 3-4 | Davis 1-3 | Bush 1-(minus 3)
DET - Young 6-81 | Broyles 3-51 | Pettigrew 5-37 | Johnson 3-34 | Burleson 1-16 | Bell 3-16 | Scheffler 1-6
The Detroit Lions fumbled away their opportunity to pull back to .500 in Chicago on Monday Night Football falling to the Bears 13-7. The Lions would have three red zone turnovers including Mikel LeShoure and Joique Bell fumbles and a Matt Stafford interception while Stefan Logan muffed a couple of punt returns losing one setting up a Chicago score. The Bears would score on their
opening drive and that would prove to be nearly all they needed. The Lions, who continue to start slow, avoided being shutout for the first time since October of 2009 with a Ryan Broyles touchdown grab with 30 seconds remaining. An onside's kick failed and the Bears secured their hard earned victory as the Lions suffered anther heart breaking loss. The season now hangs in the balance as
the team has left themselves little wiggle room in a strong division.
The Bears would get the ball first and march down the field capping off the drive with a seven yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The Lions defense would limit the Bears to just two field goals the rest of way despite turning the ball over on offense and some poor field position. Ndamukong Suh nearly knocked Cutler out of the games as he slammed the veteran to the ground
on one of five Lions sacks on the evening. The defense couldn't be blamed even when forced to start Jonte Green at right corner and play Alfonso Smith heavily and even play Justin Miller who was signed earlier in the day having not played in the league since 2009. Both secondary reinforcements were cut by the Lions earlier in the season. Special teams limited Devin Hester's return game, although Stefan Logan had trouble hanging
onto the ball. It was the Lions offense that struggled, especially within the redzone, and that ultimately cost the Lions the game. When Matt Stafford was on target, the receivers dropped the ball. Charles Tillman limited Calvin Johnson to just three catches having a minimal impact on the game.
The Lions would have more first downs (21-19), more total yards (340-296), and average more yards per play both running and passes. The Lions continue to struggle early and often on offense, including third downs where Detroit was 4-13 on their conversion attempts.
The loss drops the Lions to 2-4, well behind the division leading Bears who improved to 5-1. The Lions are the only team with a losing record in the NFC North. Wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Amari Spievey each left the game on a stretcher.
PHOTO OF THE GAME:
Ndamukong Suh throws around quarterback Jay Cutler like a rag doll.
The Detroit Lions play back at Ford Field hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 29, at 1:00 PM.
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