Sunday, October 4, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Bears 48, Lions 24
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- Detroit had Chicago on the ropes for a full half here at Soldier Field before defense and special teams carried the Bears to a 48-24 victory. But the game exposed a few holes the Bears will need to address during their upcoming bye week.
I’ll go into more detail after the game, but chief among the issues was the Bears’ inability to cover the deep middle of the field. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had receivers open downfield all afternoon, and he capitalized on enough of the opportunities to throw for 296 yards before a knee injury ended his afternoon.
It’s easy to point the finger at Nick Roach, who was making his first start at middle linebacker in place of the injured Hunter Hillenmeyer. Roach was definitely chasing receivers on a number of those completions, but I’m sure the breakdown was more thorough than with just one player.
I don’t want to suggest gloom and doom for the Bears, who raised their record to 3-1. I just think it’s worth raising an eyebrow when an opponent gashes you (to the tune of 273 offensive yards) with the same basic play for an entire half.
The Lions faced a steep hurdle in trying to replicate last week’s victory over Washington. Their only chance to win Sunday was to keep up in a shootout, and ultimately the Bears’ pass rush caught up to them. Stafford was sacked four times in the second half.
More to come in a few hours.