It looked like the Bears were falling into the trap of facing a team starting their third string QB and missing their best pass rusher but then Da Bears got rolling with a little help from the refs.
After Cutler fumbled shortly after the start of the third quarter the Lions kicked a field goal and extended their lead to 20-17. The Bears stalled on their next drive but the defense stepped up and didn't allow the Lions to score again. After a great 31 yard punt return by Devin Hester the Bears stalled on offense but were close enough for Robbie Gould to hit a career long 54 yard field goal making it 20-17 with 2:46 left in the third. By the way Hester was tripped up by the punter otherwise he would have taken it all the way to the house and broken the tie for return touchdowns.
After stopping the Lions on 4 and 1 the Bears were able to drive down the field to score a touchdown on a pass from the very efficient Jay Cutler to Brandon Manumaleuna to give the Bears the lead 24-20.
The star of the day besides Jay Cutler, who was sacked 4 times, was his old college teammate Earl Bennett. After catching two touchdowns last week against the Eagles he caught seven passes for 104 yards. Matt Forte also continued to dominate the lowly Lions rushing for 64 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries as well as catching two passes for 36 yards.
With the win the Bears improve their record to 9-3 which is good enough for a one game lead over the Packers since they managed to beat the 49ers handily in Green Bay. Next week will be probably the toughest game of the season as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come to visit Soldier Field. I think this will be Brady's first visit to the lake front. While the Bears take on the Pats the Packers will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions, let's hope they get healthy quick.
Now back to the refs helping the Bears which just like the week 1 matchup everyone will be talking about. On first and ten with the Bears on the Detroit 22 yard line, Jay Cutler bootlegs out and decides to run. He runs for about 5 yards and while he is going down Suh throws what looks like a forearm to the back of Jay's head. The complaint is that Cutler was running and was not a QB on the play. What everyone is ignoring what Suh did was illegal no matter who he did it to, even Fox's expert former head of refs agreed with the 15 yard unnecessary roughness call. The next play is when Jay connected with Manumaleuna to give the Bears the lead.
So I guess the question needs to be asked, should the Bears be 7-5 and the Lions 4-8? I bet everyone in Detroit is thinking that with the week 1 call taking away Calvin Johnson's TD catch and Suh's illegal hit to Cutler's head. In week 1 I agreed with the outcry but not this week, Suh's hit was dirty and that is all.
It wasn't pretty but a win is a win and the first place Bears will take on the Pats in a Super Bowl preview next week at 3:15 at Soldier Field.