he Detroit Lions look like a team on a mission this year. A mission to rise above the butt of national jokes and become a play-off contender. And they are doing it as a team. Playing 60 minutes while getting contributions from everyone on the team. The total team effort earned the Detroit Lions a 40-32 win at home and improves their record to 3-1. Three wins is good enough for the lead in the NFC North division and sets the Lions up for a strong start going into Green Bay next week.
What a difference a year makes! In 2012 the major weakness of the team was on defense. Especially play from the defensive line and linebacking corps. Both units had the talent and under achieved, exposing the holes in the Lions injury plagued secondary.
But that was then.
In 2013 the Lions D-Line is exceeding expectation. Today’s game was no exception as the defensive line came up big again. They were all over Jay Cutler sacking him 3 times and knocking him down 6. One of the sacks by Nadamukong Suh late in the third quarter resulted in a fumble that was recovered and scored by Nick Fairley. Fairley’s return extended the Lions lead to 21 a put the Bears in a hole they couldn’t get out of.
Stephen Tulloch’s performance shouldn’t be overlooked either. Tulloch racked up 14 tackles including 1 sack and one tackle for loss. Having an effective run stopper in the middle of the defense is often a thankless job but an absolute necessity for a dominate defense. Tulloch was that run stopper today.
Reggie Bush was clearly the offensive star on the team. Bush has 173 yards total offense that included 139 rushing and 34 receiving. Bush added a touchdown in the 2nd Quarter that gave the Lions a 20 point lead at the time. His performance today soothes any worries Lions fans may have about the effects of a possible nagging knee injury.