Bears Scare off Lions 34-7
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Sep 18, 2006 6:07PM
Did anybody bother to ask Roy Williams what the payoff would be if the Lions didn't live up to his guarantee? Because Chicagoist has learned that sometimes, when a guarantee is hyped, that the payout ain't all that great. When our bicycle wasn't ready in an hour? A kickstand. When our suit alteration wasn't right? A free pair of dress socks.
Maybe a hanky would be an appropriate payout, given that the Lions were killed by the Bears 34-7. Like in Week 1's victory against the Packers, the Bears showed that the 2006 edition is a complete team.
Rex Grossman proved that his performance at Lambeau last week wasn't a fluke, as he completed 20 of 27 passes for 289 yards and 4 TDs without an interception. He completed passes to nine different receivers and again utilized the tight ends. They even caught 3 of the 4 TD passes.
The defense looked tough once again. While they weren't able to pitch another shutout, they held the Lions to just 7 points. They forced 3 fumbles and recovered all of them. They also sacked Jon Kitna 6 times. And the Lions only converted 1 of 9 third-down opportunties.
With the passing game humming and the defense in mid-season form, the running game was the weakest part of the Bears' performance with Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones combining for just 89 yards on 31 carries. But with both coming off injury, and the team winning by an average margin of almost 27 points, we won't worry too much yet about the ground game.
Next week, the Bears travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings, who are also 2-0. If the Bears can win this one, it'll prove that they can run away with the NFC title. If they win, we may just have to begin writing the lyrics to a new version of this!