Lions sweep Bears, move to 1st in NFC North


Grant McPherson

The Detroit Lions pulled of a 21-19 victory from the Chicago Bears. With the Philadelphia Eagles beating the Green Bay Packers 27-13, the Lions are all alone in the lead of the NFC North by 1 game.

Matthew Stafford had a great day in Chicago, completing 18 of his 35 attempts for 219 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Lion’s wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught 6 passes for 83 yards for two touchdowns.

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell also ran the ball fairly well for Detroit. Bush carried the ball 14 times to Bell’s 10 carries. Bush ran for 105 yards and Bell ran for 41 yards  on the ground.

The Bears had a choice on which quarterback to start Sunday and they decided to go with Jay Cutler to start. Cutler went 21 for 40 for 250 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Josh McCown closed the game for Chicago with 6 completions on 9 attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught both of the touchdowns thrown by the quarterbacks. Marshall caught 7 passes for 139 yards.

The Bears had to fight to earn every yard on the ground. Matt Forte carried the ball 17 times for 33 yards. Forte had no chance to break free from the Lion’s defensive front as he averaged only 2 yards per carry.

With this victory, the Lions improve to 6-3 on the year. The Bears fall to 5-4 on the year, tied with Green Bay for second in the NFC North.