Buffone's Reaction to the Action

Although I thought the Bears would beat the Lions in a must win game, even I didn't see this kind of blowout coming, but it was beautiful to watch.

Falling to 0-2 might have been the end of the season. Without a win, the Lions would have a two game lead over everyone else in the NFC North with the Packers and Vikings falling again.

The Bears put together their best game in recent memory. All three phases the game did something to contribute, including touchdowns on defense and the return game.

Kyle Orton didn't make mistakes and on occasion made a play down field, including hitting Muhsin Muhammad on a 28-yard touchdown that helped put the game away in the second quarter.

After rushing for 41 yards against the Redskins, the Bears got their running game on track. Thomas Jones looked like he doesn't want to give up his job to Cedric Benson. He ran right up the middle of the Detroit defense for 139 yards thanks to some solid blocking by the offensive line.

The Bears outrushed the Lions by 158 yards, while holding Detroit to an average of 1.6 yards per carry. It's the complete reverse of the outcome at Washington, where the Redskins averaged 4.1 yards per carry to the Bears' 2.3. Kevin Jones rushed for 123 yards in the last meeting, yet totaled just 22 yards on eight carries on Sunday.

As a result, the time of possession swung in the Bears favor by more than six minutes.

Defensively five interceptions, two sacks and putting a helmet on anyone that had the ball is something fans can used to with this unit.

For whatever reason, Bobby Wade was inactive against Washington. His 73-yard punt return for a touchdown made sure that will not happen again this season.

Jerry Azumah also provided a boost in the kick return game, averaging 33.5 yards on two attempts. That's nearly double what the Bears averaged vs. the Redskins.

If I were giving out game balls they would have to go to the coaching staff. Lovie Smith and his coordinators all put their players in a position to succeed and came up with the perfect game plan against the Lions.

Things are not going to get any easier for the Bears next week. The Bengals are coming to town and they put one heck of a beating on the Vikings.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has receiver Chad Johnson in the passing game and Rudi Johnson to carry the ground attack.

Buffone bits
With the big lead, some subs got a chance to see game action. QB Jeff Blake played the bulk of the fourth quarter, but only threw one pass. Cedric Benson carried the ball 16 times for just 49 yards, but the work should payoff in the long run.

Twelve of Kyle Orton's 29 completions have gone to Muhsin Muhammad. At some point, he will have to look to his other receivers who have caught six balls in two games.

The kick return coverage against Detroit was an eyesore. Eddie Drummond had to returns of more than 40 yards, the first of which setup the Lions only touchdown.

Doug Buffone played 14 seasons for the Bears (1966-79) and is the founder of the Bear Report. He also hosts a show on WSCR The Score AM-670 from 6-8 pm Monday through Friday.


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