Quick Hits: Chicago Bears (5-1) outlast Detroit Lions (2-4), 13-7

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the 2nd quarter but played for most of the second half.

Recap

The Bears’ defense was dominant yet again, forcing 4 turnovers, notching 3 sacks, and holding Detroit to a meaningless TD with 30 seconds left.  The offense had a mediocre night, mustering only 6 points after scoring a TD on the first drive of the game.  Thankfully, it didn’t matter, as Chicago’s defense took the ball away from Detroit all three times they entered the red zone.

Game Ball: offense

This clearly belongs to Brandon Marshall, who had another magnificent night.  He caught six of his 10 targets for 81 yards and a TD, continuing his strong 2012 season.

Game Ball: defense

Charles Tillman was masterful lining up against Calvin Johnson all night.  He held Johnson to 3 catches on 11 targets for 34 yards.  Chicago even left Tillman 1-on-1 against Johnson on the goal-line for two consecutive plays, an extremely difficult position to be in.  Tillman got a pass interference on the first and punched the ball out of Johnson’s hand the second time.  Tillman also punched the ball out of TE Brandon Pettigrew’s hands twice.

Goat

This goes to the offensive line, which squandered a solid start to notch several penalties and give up 5 sacks, including a vicious hit by Ndamukong Suh on Jay Cutler that made him briefly leave the game.  Honorable mention goes to OC Mike Tice, who squandered a 1st and goal at the 3-yard line by throwing the ball 3 times in a row.

Injuries

Chicago got a little beat up in this game.  Jay Cutler left briefly with bruised ribs.  Matt Forte suffered an undisclosed arm injury and missed most of the 4th quarter, although he did return.

What’s next

Chicago takes on the struggling Carolina Panthers (1-5) at home next Sunday, where they will look to continue their 4-game win streak and maintain their spot atop the NFC North.

About the author

Jon Vander Woude enjoys writing in-depth analytical articles that examine statistical trends in the NFL offseason. He also covers the Chicago Bears beat for Water Cooler Sports. Despite growing up in Michigan, California, and Miami, he had the good fortune to be reared by a father who grew up in Chicago raised him to root for the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs. Feel free to write him at with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future columns.