In a beatdown at Ford Field, the Lions dominated every phase of the game on Sunday and beat the Bears 40-32.
The win improves the Lions to 3-1 and drops the previously unbeaten Bears to 3-1 as well, meaning that at the moment, the Lions own the tiebreaker and are the first-place team in the NFC North.
Although the final score looks close, the Lions controlled this game throughout and led by 24 points with five minutes to play. The Bears scored two touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the final 4:05 of the game to make things a little bit interesting, but the Lions covered the final onside kick to seal the win.
Lions running back Reggie Bush played what may have been his finest game as a pro, cutting, spinning, making people miss and generally looking like the guy everyone was expecting to see when Bush was starring at USC. He had a remarkable game.
Also remarkable was the way Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh schooled Bears rookie guard Kyle Long. Suh was a force all day, but it was his strip-sack of Jay Cutler in the third quarter, which teammate Nick Fairley scooped up and ran for a 4-yard touchdown, that put the game away.
The Bears and Lions are only a quarter of the way into a long season and a lot can happen, but at the moment the Lions look like the top team in the NFC North. It’s been a long time since anyone said that.