Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 11/10/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Detroit Lions 21, Chicago Bears 19
November 10, 2013
The Week 10 clash between the Lions and Bears was one of the most intriguing games on the NFL schedule. Both teams were coming into this one at 5-3, locked atop the NFC North along with the Green Bay Packers. To the victor would go bragging rights, but Detroit already had the upper hand in that situation due to their victory in the teams’ first meeting this year. As usual, we got a hard-fought, fun-to-watch battle that will surely have some huge playoff implications down the road.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game so that we can determine why things panned out the way they did. We’ll also glance forward to Week 11 so that we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: In the early-going, it seemed like we’d have another high-scoring, offense-heavy affair. Jay Cutler drew first blood on a 32-yard hookup with best bud Brandon Marshall, then Matthew Stafford struck right back with a 5-yard TD of his own. In the second quarter, things slowed down a bit offensively for both teams, with goose eggs on both sides, so it became clear that defense would play a hand in this one. It was all knotted up at seven at the break.
After halftime, things picked up with a 4-yard pass to Calvin Johnson that put Detroit up 14-7. The Bears responded with a pair of field goals stretching into the fourth quarter, crawling back into the game 14-13 before the Lions could strike back on a 14-yard TD from--who else--Johnson once again. The Bears had a little over two minutes to overcome a 21-13 deficit and try to force overtime.
Here’s where things got interesting. Cutler came out of the game before the Bears’ final drive, as it was evident his injured groin was bothering him once again. In came backup QB Josh McCown, who marched the offense right down the field to score a TD that made it 21-19. Chicago couldn’t convert the two-pointer, however, and after a failed onside kick the game was over.
With the win, Detroit moves to 6-3, while the Bears slide to 5-4 and go 0-2 against the Lions this year.
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The Stars: Johnson had another MVP-caliber performance in the victory, posting six receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The pair of scores give him 63 in his career, which is a franchise record for the Lions. The ground game was also going strong here, with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell posting a combined 146 yards on 24 carries.
On the other side, Brandon Marshall had quite a productive day, with seven receptions for 139 yards and two scores of his own. Alshon Jeffery added nine grabs for 114 yards.
We've also got to give some credit to McCown for stepping in and leading the offense on the final drive. He reportedly got no reps with the first team in practice this week, but did a great job nonetheless.
The Goats: The Detroit defense almost gave this one away--twice--on the Bears’ final drive. They were flagged for two roughing the passer penalties, one gifting 15 yards to the Bears offense and another giving them an extra two-point conversion attempt. Thankfully for them, they were able to make a stand and seal the win.
We also have to wonder about Cutler’s decision to remain in the game despite his obviously aggravated groin injury. It was obvious something was up in the second half, as he didn’t have the mobility in the pocket or velocity on his throws that he normally does.
Also, in a mirror image of the Lions, the Bears couldn’t get their running game going. Matt Forte only had 33 yards on 17 carries.
Injuries: The Cutler injury is obviously huge, but fans can take solace in the fact that McCown is a more-than-capable backup. It looks like he just rushed himself back too quickly, so don’t be surprised if he sits for a game or two.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, both teams will be dabbling in the AFC North. The Lions will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (November 17, 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Bears will welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Soldier Field (November 17, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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