The Detroit Lions defensive line got to Jay Cutler often, forcing three Cutler interceptions – two by safety Louis Delmas -- and fumbled that was recovered by Nick Fairley for a TD as the Lions pummeled the Chicago Bears, 40-32.
With the win over the Bears (3-1), the Lions (3-1) now stand atop the NFC North.
Things didn't look so bright for the Lions offense at first, opening with three successive stalled drives that resulted in David Akers' FG's.
But finally, the Lions capitalized on Bears mistake and broke the game open in the 2nd quarter
by scoring three TD's in just 2:36 – two of them only 22 seconds apart.
All in all, Matthew Stafford did not have a stellar day, going just 23/35 for 242 yards with one passing TD, one running TD and one INT.
One stroke of luck for Stafford – he managed to recover his own fumble in the end zone for a TD in the 2nd.
Stafford struggled all day to connect with his favorite target, Calvin Johnson, with passes often be floated by over his head. Johnson did score a TD on a 2-yard pass play in the 2nd. In all, Johnson had four catches for 44 yards and one TD.
But it was the Lions use of the slant pass that kept them moving the ball effectively 6-to-12 yards at a time throughout the first half.
Brandon Pettigrew stepped up to lead all Lions receivers with seven receptions for 54 yards.
Reggie Bush returned to the lineup with a big first half, ending the day with 18 carrieds for 139 yards and one TD.
In all, Akers nailed four FG's for the Lions, from 23, 31, 41 and 43 yards out.
NEXT WEEK: the Lions are tested in NFC North once again as the travel to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday at 1:00pm.
Lions celebrate 2Q TD: