Report card: Bears-Lions
Week 10 Report Card: Detroit Lions 21, Chicago Bears 19
Matt Forte had zero impact on the game with 33 rushing yards on 17 attempts (1.9 yard per carry average). Michael Bush failed to convert a fourth-and-1 and never carried the ball again. With Jay Cutler limited due to injuries, there was no threat of the quarterback scrambling outside the pocket to make a play with his feet. The Bears probably need to retire the Alshon Jeffery end-around for the next couple of weeks.
Cutler and Josh McCown were both effective throwing the ball, finishing with a combined 312 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. However, Cutler did have a costly interception in the end zone on batted ball. Brandon Marshall and Jeffery each went over 100 receiving yards, and the pass protection was pretty good (two sacks).
Reggie Bush ran for 105 yards on only 14 carries and Detroit's No. 2 tailback, Joique Bell, contributed 41 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Bush busted loose for a 39-yard run in the third quarter that set up a touchdown. The run defense was better, but it's still not where it ultimately needs to be.
The Bears held one of the better passers in the NFL, Matthew Stafford, to 219 yards. Stafford did throw three touchdowns, but the Bears kept most of the action in front of them Sunday. All-word wideout Calvin Johnson finished with six catches for 83 yards (two touchdowns) on 17 targets. Chris Conte had an important second-half interception that resulted in points for the Bears. Stafford was not sacked, but he had several passes deflected at the line of scrimmage.
Robbie Gould nailed both of his field goal attempts and punter Adam Podlesh had a decent day striking the football (42.6 yard per punt average; 42.6 yard net average). There didn't seem to be any issues with new long snapper Jeremy Cain. Devin Hester averaged 28.5 yards on four kickoff returns. The Lions didn't do much on special teams. One of the only negatives was the Bears' failure to recover an end of the game onside kick attempt.
Marc Trestman has made all the right moves since he arrived in Chicago, but unfortunately he is going to take some heat after this one. First, the decision to start Cutler was questionable at best. The decision to stick with him until the final drive of the game, despite an apparent new ankle injury, is a head-scratcher. Trestman also passed up a sure field goal in the first half and went for it on fourth-and-1. The Bears failed to convert. Mel Tucker's defense had a much better effort, but what was with the decision to go Cover-1 on the Calvin Johnson 14-yard touchdown with the Lions facing third-and-10 from the 14?