Detroit Lions are kings of the North after bashing Bears

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley celebrates after scoring his first career NFL touchdown (Photo Credit: Jose Juarez/AP)

The Detroit Lions took reign of the NFC North with a 40-32 victory over the formerly undefeated Chicago Bears.

Reggie Bush returned from his knee injury better than ever.  He rushed for a season-high 139 yards including a jaw-dropping 37-yard touchdown.  Bush also caught four passes for 34 yards.  The running back is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has the most receiving yards per game of any back in the NFL, averaging 59.7.  Simply put, Bush is an explosive stud.

Matthew Stafford’s 242 passing yards were enough to secure a victory.  This was his lowest total in a win since throwing for 227 yards on Dec. 11, 2011 while hosting the Vikings.  The 34-28 win also happened to be the last time the Lions beat a divisional opponent.

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Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush hurdles Chicago Bears safety Major Wright on his way to the end zone (Photo Credit: Jose Juarez/AP)

Here is another shocker for you.  Kris Durham led the team in receiving with 58 yards on four catches.  Brandon Pettigrew came in second with seven catches for 54 yards.  Yes, Durham and Pettigrew. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson ended up with four catches for 44 yards and a score.

All elite offenses need many weapons, and Sunday showed off a plethora of options for the Lions.  If the Lions want to keep up with the likes of a Broncos offense they will need their complimentary pieces consistently step up.

The offensive line continues to dominate its opponents, especially in pass protection.  Stafford has been sacked an NFL-low three times in four games.  In comparison, Stafford was sacked 29 times last season.  Left tackle Riley Reiff is showing off phenomenal athleticism on the edge dismissing each team’s pass rush, while rookie Larry Warford is already a solid all-around NFL guard.

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On defense say no more than Suh!  After being named team captain earlier this year Ndamukong Suh is translating his improved leadership skills to consistently dominant play.  This dominant play mixed with a healthy Nick Fairley is causing nuclear destruction.  Before Sunday’s game Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had only been sacked three times, but the Lions doubled that total with two from Suh and one from Stephen Tulloch.  One of Suh’s two sacks caused a fumble that Nick Fairley rumbled in for his first NFL score.

Increased line play is forcing quarterbacks into making poor decisions.  Safety Louis Delmas made Cutler pay by picking him off twice.  The Lions are now 2nd in interceptions with eight on the year.  They only had 11 interceptions total last season.

What’s most impressive?  The new-found aggression of this defense is holding offenses to an NFL-best 21 percent 3rd down conversion rate.

The Lions try to break another losing streak as they leap to Lambeau for a 1 PM Sunday showdown.  They have not won there since 1991.

 

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