By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
Lions 20 – Bears 10
The Lions have owned the Bears in the past few years. But when it’s a division rival, it’s different. Back in week 11 when they played in Chicago, running back Jordan Howard had 125 yards rushing and the Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Lions finally got their act together and won the game. This game was different. The Lions came out and scored right away. Yes, it was a field goal, but it was something.
The Lions have had slow starts these past few games. Early scoring was a good thing. The Lions just about pitched a shutout during the first half, only allowing a field goal by at the end of the half. The Lions drastically improved their run defense this game by only allowing 43 rushing yards. In Week 11, they gave up 222 yards rushing. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to make very impressive plays against a tough Bears defense. The most impressive was a 2nd quarter pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 16, 2017
Stafford also completed a touchdown pass to tight end, Eric Ebron. Ebron has been more consistent these past few weeks. In the past, Lions fans have been on Ebron about his bad habit of dropping passes. Since week 9 he’s caught over 50% of his targets, and in the past 3 weeks, he’s been over 90%. Big improvement indeed.
King Of The Pride: This week the honor will go to Eric Ebron. As stated earlier, he has really improved in these past few games. No one is really sure what the difference is, but he has really come on. Today the former number one pick was 5 for 7 with 33 yards and one touchdown. Lions fans are slowly starting to get behind him.
Ebron is a changed man ya’ll
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) December 16, 2017
Honorable mention goes to cornerback Darius Slay. He continued his Pro Bowl campaign year with another two interceptions, and he now leads the NFL with seven.
.@_bigplayslay23 living up to his Twitter handle.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 17, 2017
Not King Of The Pride: Running back Theo Riddick. He fumbled the ball towards the end of the 1st half and Chicago recovered it. That allowed the Bears to score a field goal, and give up the shutout.
Next Up: The Lions head to Cincinnati to face quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals. The Bengals lost last week to the Bears 33 – 7. The Lions have improved their road record this year. They are 5-2 so far. This will be Marvin Jones, Jr’s first time back since he came over from the Bengals after former wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired. Let’s hope it’s a good homecoming for him and that the Lions can come away with the win!
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