CHICAGO -- When it comes to Devin Hester's ability to contribute on special teams, practice is overrated.
The Bears lead Detroit 20-6 after two quarters in large part because of Hester's brilliance in the return game.
After being forced to sit out all week due to a left ankle injury, Hester shook off the rust and returned a second-quarter punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Hester finished the first half with 122 yards on three returns, but was taken back to the locker room with 3:49 left before halftime.
The Bears’ final drive of the half ended when Robbie Gould missed a 43-yard field goal attempt.
However, the Bears came away with points during a red-zone opportunity at the start of the second quarter when Gould booted a 35-yard field goal after Jay Cutler failed to connect with Roy Williams on third-and-7 from the Lions 17-yard line.
Meanwhile, Detroit appeared on the verge of punching the ball into the end zone on their final drive of the half, but the Bears defense held when Julius Peppers sacked Matthew Stafford for an 11-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 6-yard line. The Lions were forced to settle for a Jason Hanson 35-yard field goal. Earlier in the quarter Hanson was good from 29 yards out.
Detroit outgained the Bears in the first half 153-86, but the Bears lead the all-important turnover battle 2-1.