BEARS IMPROVE TO 5-1
The Chicago Bears improved to 5-1 after defeating the Detroit Lions 13-7 on Monday night. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, this is the eighth time the Bears have started a season 5-1 or better. In the previous seven times, the Bears made the playoffs that season (2006, 2001, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1986 and 1985).
The last time the Bears had a 5-1 or better record after their first six contests was 2006 (6-0).
BEARS FORCE FOUR TAKEAWAYS, THREE IN THE RED ZONE
The Chicago Bears forced four takeaways on Monday night versus Detroit and now have 21 on the season most in the NFL.
In the second quarter, LB Lance Briggs knocked the ball loose from Lions RB Mikel Leshoure on the Chicago 17 and it was recovered by DE Julius Peppers. In the third quarter DT Henry Melton stripped the ball from Joique Bell on second-and-goal from the 1, which was recovered by LB Brian Urlacher. In the fourth, CB D.J. Moore intercepted Lions QB Matthew Stafford at the Chicago 3 on fourth-and-goal.
All three listed above were red zone takeaways for Bears who now have five on the season, most in the NFL.
They were the third, fourth and fifth red zone takeaways of the season, most in the NFL. Since 2004, the Bears have 37 red zone takeaways, most in the NFL.
The Bears also had a their second special teams takeaway of the season in the third quarter when CB Zack Bowman recovered a muffed punt on the Detroit 27.
BEARS +4 IN TURNOVER MARGIN
The Chicago Bears forced four takeaways and had zero turnovers on Monday night versus the Detroit Lions. It was the third time this season the Bears were +4 in turnover margin this season (Week 1 vs. Indianapolis and Week 4 at Dallas). The Bears are now +13 on the season in turnover margin (21 takeaways and eight giveaways), tops in the NFL.
TILLMAN HAS STRONG NIGHT On Monday night versus Detroit, Bears CB Charles Tillman forced two fumbles and help hold Lions WR Calvin Johnson to three receptions for 34 yards.
Tillman now has 32 forced fumbles on his career, tied for third most in the NFL since entering the league in 2003, including most by a defensive back. On the season, Tillman has two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
BRIGGS CONTINUES TO CREATE TAKEAWAYS
On Monday night versus Detroit, LB Lance Briggs forced a key turnover when he stripped the ball from Lions RB Mikel Leshoure on the Chicago 17, which was recovered by DE Julius Peppers for their first takeaway of the game.
The seven-time Pro Bowler now has two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, and two forced fumbles in the last three contests.
BEARS SCORE ON OPENING POSSESSION
Bears QB Jay Cutler hit WR Brandon Marshall for a 7-yard touchdown on The Opening possession of Monday night’s game versus Detroit. It was Chicago’s first touchdown on their opening drive of a game since Week 10 of the 2011 season versus Detroit.
The touchdown pass capped a six-play, 59-yard drive, which was set up by the defense forcing a three-and-out on the Lions opening possession.
Marshall HAS 81 YARDS, TD
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall had six receptions for 81 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown, on Monday night versus Detroit.
In six games with the Bears, Marshall now has 41 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. His 577 receiving yards are the most through the Bears first six games of a season since at least 1960.
BEARS DEFENSE HOLDS DETROIT TO 7 POINTS
The Chicago Bears defense held the Lions to seven points on Monday night, Detroit’s lowest output since scoring seven in a 7-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 14 of the 2010 season.
The Bears have given up just three touchdowns in their last four games and lead the NFL in scoring defense this season allowing just 13 points per game (78 points in six contests).
FORTE TOTALS 100 YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE
Bears RB Matt Forte rushed for 96 yards on 22 carries (4.4 ypc) on Monday night versus Detroit. Forte now has 203 rushing yards in the last two contests and 366 in five games played this season on 80 carries (4.6 ypc). On Monday night, Forte also had four yards receiving giving him 100 yards from scrimmage for the contest, his third such game this year.
CUTLER FOURTH ALL-TIME IN BEARS PASSING YARDS
After throwing for 150 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions versus Detroit, Bears QB Jay Cutler now has 10,618 passing yards in a Chicago uniform, fourth most in franchise history, surpassing Erik Kramer (10,582) Monday night.
Cutler needs 736 yards to surpass Jim McMahon (11,203) for third most in franchise history.
PEPPERS HAS SACK, FUMBLE RECOVERY
Bears DE Julius Peppers had a sack and a fumble recovery on Monday night versus Detroit.
Peppers now has 103.5 sacks since entering the NFL in 2002, tied with Dwight Freeney third most in the league during that time. He has 3.5 this season.
The fumble recovery was the third of the season for Peppers, setting a career-high for the 11th year vet. It was the 12th fumble recovery of his career, including his fifth in the last two seasons.
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