The Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears by a score of 40-32 on Sunday. Here are my three main takeaways from the game:
The offensive line deserves some serious love
Reggie Bush obviously deserves a lot of credit for what he did on Sunday. He finished with 139 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries, and he also had 34 yards receiving on 4 catches. He put together one heck of a day, especially since it was his first game back from an injury.
With all that said, the offensive line deserves a ton of credit as well. A lot of Bush's big runs were the result of the offensive line opening up some giant holes for him to run through. I can't ever remember seeing holes like that on such a consistent basis for the Lions, and the great blocking led to Detroit's running backs averaging 6.04 yards per carry. The O-line was outstanding, and it did a good job of protecting Matthew Stafford as well, as he was only sacked once on Sunday.
The defense is filled with playmakers
One of the Lions' biggest problems on defense last year was the notion that they lacked playmakers. I don't think that's the case any longer. The Lions gave Jay Cutler problems all day and forced multiple turnovers. Suh sacked him twice and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Nick Fairley. Also, Louis Delmas had a pair of interceptions and Glover Quin picked off a pass as well. Cutler ended up being sacked 3 times, and he finished with 4 turnovers. Those plays by the defense fueled the Lions' victory.
Time to change things up on kick returns
Micheal Spurlock made a great play on a 57-yard punt return that really helped swing the momentum in this game. However, that doesn't excuse his awful kick returns earlier in the game. He consistently failed to get out to the 20-yard line. It's not all his fault, as the blockers need to do a better job, but I'd like to see the Lions make a change there, perhaps by signing Steven Miller from the practice squad. A change is highly unlikely because of the solid punt return, but the Lions can't keep letting poor kick returns hurt their field position.
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