The Lions learned first hand Monday night why everyone in the NFL is so high on the Chicago Bears defense.
Detroit was held to just seven points, as the Bears extended their lead over them in the NFC North to three games with a key 13-7 win at Solider Field Monday night.
The setback puts the Lions at 2-4 on the season, while the Bears are now 5-1. Detroit also falls to 1-3 on the road, this after getting their only road win last week over the Eagles in overtime.
They failed to carry that momentum over, as their offense was held to a lone touchdown with :30 seconds left when Matthew Stafford hit Ryan Broyles with a 12-yard score.
Stafford went 28-for-46 on the night with 261 yards to go along with the one score and one interception. The Lions running game, led by Mikel LeShoure with 63 yards, put up 99 yards on 18 carries, but it wasn’t enough to garner a win.
The Bears defense, regarded by many as the best in the NFL this season so far, forced four Lions turnovers, one fumble each at the end of the first half and the start of the second half, and a key pick after an 85-yard drive with 2:39 left at the Bears three-yard line.
Jay Cutler threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall about four minutes into the game to give the Bears a quick 7-0 lead. The rest of the night they got two field goals from kicker Robbie Gould, but it was enough to hold off Detroit.
The Bears got a scare when Cutler when down with a rib injury in the second quarter when he was sacked by Ndamukong Suh and ultimately wound up going to the locker room to have his ribs examined.
He proved his toughness, coming back in the second half and going 16 of 31 for 150 yards and a touchdown in the game, but with the defense locking down the Lions, the Bears (5-1) prevailed.
Detroit has another tough test this Sunday on a short week when they host the Seahawks at 1pm at Ford Field.