Bears In Control Heading to Green Bay

WIN TOTAL: Chicago's ninth win marks the Bears highest victory total since 1995. The Bears have the opportunity to reach double-digit wins next week for the first time since 1991 when the team went 11-5. With the victory over Detroit, Chicago moves to 4-1 in the Central Division and 7-1 versus NFC teams. The victory assures the Bears of being in first place when they travel to Green Bay to face the second place Packers.

"9-2 is a great feeling," said Bears starting quarterback Jim Miller. "We're controlling our destiny … We want to control our destiny. It's not always pretty, but a win is a win and we'll take it."

STILL GOING: The Bears defense hasn't allowed a team to score against them on any opening possessions this season. The streak was in jeopardy as James Stewart caught passes of 18 and 15 yards moving Detroit into Chicago territory. When the Lions drive stalled Jason Hanson came on to attempt a 45-yard field goal. His kick fell short preserving the streak. In 11 opponent opening drives this season, the Bears have force six punts, two interceptions, two missed field goals and a fumble. Detroit joins San Francisco as the two teams that have come the closest to scoring. The Niners were turned away when James "Big Cat" Williams defected a 44-yard field goal attempt by Jose Cortez.

SECOND LONGEST: Detroit scored the game's first points on a 10-play, 95-yard drive which was the second longest drive orchestrated against the Bears this season (Arizona had a 13-play, 99-yard drive on Oct. 14). A 56-yard pass from Charlie Batch to James Stewart set up the possession, which incidentally is the second-longest play from scrimmage against the Bears this season (Jeff Garcia 60-yard pass to Garrison Hearst vs. San Francisco Oct. 28).

EDINGER FOR THREE: Second-year placekicker Paul Edinger connected on two field goals (46 and 26 yards) to extend his consecutive field goals made to 10 before missing a 39-yard attempt with 2:21 left in the game. For the season, Edinger has made 17 of 21 field goal attempts this year including 11 of 14 from beyond 40 yards with a long of 48 yards.

CLIMGING THE CHARTS: James Allen continues to move up on the Bears all-time career rushing yards list. The fourth-year pro out of Oklahoma has gained 1,952 yards on 510 carries, moving up one spot after Sunday's 93-yard (25 carries) performance. Allen climbed into the No. 15 spot just ahead of Gary Famiglietti who gained 1,927 yards on 505 carries from 1939-45.

ANOTHER TAKEAWAY: The Bears defense forced one fumble against the Lions and Chicago has now forced either a fumble or interception in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Rosevelt Colvin, who had 8 tackles and 1.5 sacks, said, "We had a lot of guys step up. It was our turn to make the play and come up for the team and our defense stepped up and did it."

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