Found November 14, 2011 on

Chicago Bears crushed the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s explosive matchup. The game was a keen reminder of the bitter rivalry between the teams. While the Bears controlled the game, the Lions didn’t give up. Both teams got physical in the emotional display at Soldier Field.

Cutler’s consistency continues to grow as the offensive line provides better coverage. With the help of Forte and Barber, the Bears rushed for 91 yards. Bennet, Hurd and Knox contributed 120 yards to Sunday’s game. Even thought Stafford’s offense completed more first downs throughout the matchup, Cutler performed better in the red zone. Of course, it helped that Chicago defense was on fire to deliver good field position and convert some points as well.

Devin Hester delivered another punt return for a touchdown. It’s hard not to endear yourself to him. His athleticism, sportsmanship and off-the-field conduct of himself represent the kind of character fans like to see. He sets high expectations of himself and he delivers. Devin Hester celebrates after 12 td return

Bears defense dominated the entire game, capturing six interceptions—three of those picks resulted in point conversions—two defensive touchdowns and one field goal. Just about every member of the defensive unit made big plays. Tillman, Wright, Jennings and Graham were all hands as they effortlessly picked off interceptions from Stafford. Peppers and Adams enjoyed a sack each. Moore, who could find himself a fan favorite today, was ejected from the game after a personal foul of unnecessary roughness after he circled back and tackled Stafford after a dead play.

The physical prowess of both teams was compelling to watch. Both teams delivered punishing hits and came toe-to-toe for a full on brawl in the second half. While non-sportsmanlike conduct has no place on the field, fans watch for moments like these, moments that exemplify our passion and fanaticism. Urlacher, Briggs, Moore, Peppers—these monsters of the midway are our heroes. They dish out and take what most of us know is the equivalent of getting hit by a moving car. They fearlessly get the job done under pressure of using their bodies to block and crush their opponents.

This game raises the bar of expectations for the team,  who often find themselves criticized for inconstancy. The last three games prove they have what it takes to bring down their opponents in an old-fashioned, gladiator style football match. They continue to widen their range of ability, show off their agility, and serve up a unrestrained defense.

Now comes the hard part. With the end of regular season winding down in the near future, they need to focus on securing a wild card spot for a chance at the play-offs. This isn’t an unusual position for this team. They should almost find comfort in it. Urlacher commented early on that they are used to being the underdogs; they even perform better under the circumstances because they are underrated and underestimated.

Clearly the coordination and coaching have come together to orchestrate good plays and strategy. Much of the Bears success will depend on Coach Smith and his ability to keep the wheels in motion and working together. Whatever the current mix of coaching and practice, it needs continued refinement to build confidence and support a winning team.

See you next week when the Chicago Bears meet the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field, 3:15 CST.


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