Brian Hoyer leads Bears over Lions for first win of season

AP

The Bears are on the board.

After an ugly 0-3 start that made Chicago look like perhaps the worst team in the NFL, the Bears beat the Lions 17-14 today, taking an early lead and never looking back.

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, had a very good day, going over 300 yards and throwing two touchdown passes. Eddie Royal had a 100-yard receiving day and Jordan Howard had a 100-yard rushing day for Chicago.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was less successful, failing to find any receivers all day and throwing two interceptions, although the first interception appeared to be the fault of Golden Tate, who was benched afterward.

It wasn’t all good news for the Bears, as receiver Kevin White left the game with an ankle injury. But it was by far their best game of the season, one that improved their record to 1-3 and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Lions, who have now dropped below the Bears to last place in the NFC North.

25 responses to “Brian Hoyer leads Bears over Lions for first win of season

  1. Lets keep Hoyer and Howard starting no matter what. Its refreshing watching a Bears game when the qb doesnt throw a pick in two straight games.

  2. Several bad streaks were broken today by the Bears and other than the punt return TD allowed, it was a solid effort from start to finish. Congrats to Fox and Co.

    Special teams and pass rush are still huge problems for the Bears but the offense is shaping up under Hoyer (most importantly, not turning the ball over) and Jordan Howard is the truth. When you can run for 5 YPC it makes a lot of other things easier. Hoping the injuries that knocked out White and Floyd are not serious.

  3. I like the way Howard runs. There were several times when he seemed to be stopped, and he’d somehow squirt forward for a couple of extra yards.

    Kevin White looked better and this game gives him something to build on.

    Granted, it was the Lions, but the way the Bears have been playing, it was a game they could have easily lost. They are still bad, but if White and Howard can play well, they provide some hope for the offense in the future.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Matt Barkley get in later in the season to see what he can do. They can’t do that now- it would piss off the vets and would be like waving a white flag after 4 games, even though it’s pretty clear that this is a team that will still wind up with a losing record.

  4. The offensive line is starting to click, but Howard is awesome. At the 4 minute mark, everyone knew the Bears were going to run, and he still picked up 7 yards running on the outside. Even when he gets tripped up, he still falls down for 6 yards. He isn’t a burner, but his eyes are much better than Langford’s.

  5. vikingf0rlife says:
    Oct 2, 2016 4:04 PM

    Here come the Lions fans, blaming the refs for their loss! Good game Bears always knew you were better then the lowly, miserable Lions!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    13 > 0 World Championships and we’ll just leave the Packers out of this discussion.

    Bears 9 + Lions 4 = 13

    Vikings = 0

  6. Credit the Bears defense today for holding the Lions to 6 points on offense. That had more to do with the win then anything else.

  7. Now that the Special Teams coach has seen an all out block attempt, they should consider (next time) threatening to run a free player (Meredith anyone?). O’Donnell has enough time to practice throwing a 20 yard out pattern.

  8. As an impartial observer:
    The Bears gave good effort. The Lions didn’t.
    Ebron in particular was disgraceful. Just basically didn’t want to touch anyone or have anyone touch him.
    Hoyer should continue to start and if the Bears can get a couple of towels for Cutler (from Miami?) they ought to do it in a heartbeat.

  9. Hoyer can get the job done quite well if you give him a running game, something the Browns rarely gave him. I’m happy to see him doing well.

  10. Here come the Chicago fans, ready to put them in the Super Bowl after beating a bad Lions team. The packer fans did the same thing last week. Lets see what happens after you play a real team like the Vikings.

    Enjoy that Cutler contract Chicago!

  11. buyamericanonly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 5:14 PM
    Here come the Chicago fans, ready to put them in the Super Bowl after beating a bad Lions team.
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    Really? How many people have been saying that on this thread? I count zero so far.

  12. Very well played game by the Bears. Congrats.
    They even had an Eddie Royal appearance.
    What happened to Kevin White, his rookie year, was sad and I’m sure it was very disappointing to the fans.
    Hopefully this won’t be a big setback for him.
    You want to root for this guy, just not when he’s not playing your team.

    I’m not sure what’s vexing the Lions, they sure seem to have more talent than what’s been displayed on the field so far.
    You can chalk it up to just being the same old Lions, but eventually, someone needs to be hired to change the culture of that organization.

  13. Yep, I been mocked and laughed around here repeatedly for saying Hoyer is a “VERY” solid backup QB. In my opinion, is one of the top five best backup QB’s in the league right now. When the bears picked up Hoyer for a backup…I thought it was one of the best moves Chicago did simply because that Hoyer is a borderline starter and the fact that Cutler jumps ship with tiny injuries when ever Cutler starts to choke up in games. Ever notice that? How Cutler always seems to get some kind of stupid tiny injury when he makes multiple mistakes when the game is close or on the line? I

  14. buyamericanonly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 5:14 PM

    Here come the Chicago fans, ready to put them in the Super Bowl after beating a bad Lions team. The packer fans did the same thing last week. Lets see what happens after you play a real team like the Vikings.

    Enjoy that Cutler contract Chicago!

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    Cutler didn’t play and Stafford threw two really horrible picks. Cutler is still better than Stafford when his back up is shredding our dumpster fire defense. Don’t judge our fan base on this clueless and senseless Lions fan, he’s bitter and upset.

    I own a Toyota and it’s 0ne million times better and more reliable than a garbage Ford vehicle.

  15. Stafford and Cutler are similar in one way, both have get arms but seem to have trouble in winning the tight ones.

  16. Only THIS Lions team could make THOSE Bears look THAT good.

    Unprepared Lions… or prepared to lose.

    Caldwell + Cooter = Gone Please. Pathetic excuses must stop.

  17. So the Browns might actually be worse than the Bears. We will take any victory against any team.

  18. “And with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select……..”

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