Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) leaps over Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) on his way to a thirty seven yard touchdown run in the second quarter at Ford Field. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - It was thorough, it was complete, and now the Lions are atop the NFC North one month into the season.
Reggie Bush ran for 139 yards on 18 carries and the Lions took advantage of four Jay Cutler turnovers to beat the Chicago Bears at an energized Ford Field today, 40-32.
Bush, who sat out last week's win over Washington with a knee injury, did most of his damage in a 27-point second quarter when the Lions (3-1) scored three touchdowns in a 3-minute, 26-second span late in the period.
He scored on a 37-yard run, leaping over safety Major Wright on his way to the end zone, and had 112 yards rushing on just 11 carries in the first half.
Micheal Spurlock started the onslaught with a 57-yard punt return to the Bears' 22-yard line, and Matthew Stafford scored four plays later on a 1-yard run.
Glover Quin intercepted Cutler on Chicago's next offensive play and returned it to the 2-yard line, where Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a touchdown to put the Lions up, 23-10.
And after the Bears went three-and-out, Bush carried on back-to-back plays for 8 and 37 yards en route to the end zone.
Stafford completed 23 of 35 passes for 242 yards and took advantage of another defense designed to stop Johnson. All but four of his first 18 completions were to running backs and tight ends, and the Lions used Bush and Joique Bell effectively at the same time together.
Cutler had his worst game of the season after leading Chicago to a 3-0 start.
He threw three interceptions - two to Louis Delmas, one to Quin - and lost a fumble when Ndamukong Suh stripped him on a third-quarter sack. Nick Fairley recovered the fumble and returned it 4 yards for a touchdown.
The Bears (3-1) scored two touchdowns and converted two two-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to make the final score respectable, but Kris Durham recovered a late onside kick to seal the win..
Brandon Pettigrew had seven catches for 54 for the Lions, who travel to Green Bay for their third NFC North game next week.
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