Week 2 Game Recap: Detroit Lions 6, Chicago Bears 38
What you need to know
Detroit was completely manhandled by the Bears in every phase of the game. The Lions scored a touchdown on their second possession of the game on a 51 yard pass from Joey Harrington to Roy Williams, but this was the lone offensive highlight of the game.
Joey Harrington was ineffective and inaccurate, completing just over 50% of his passes and throwing five interceptions. He did throw for 196 yards on the day, but the career high interception total overshadowed anything positive that he did. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Roy Williams caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, but his numbers were the only positive ones for the Detroit offense. Marcus Pollard was injured on a brutal hit over the middle, and he did not return.
The Lionsí rushing attack was completely bottled up, with Kevin Jones notching only 22 yards on eight carries. Detroit only recorded 29 rushing yards for the entire game. None of the Lionsí rushing attempts went for more than eight yards.
Detroit gave up touchdowns through the air, on the ground, on an interception and on special teams in the first half alone. The game was 31-6 at halftime and the Lions were not in the game after that. The Lionsí defense was very vulnerable to the Bearsí rushing attack, as Thomas Jones ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bears dominated this game in all phases. The Bears scored four touchdowns in the first half, one apiece on the ground, through the air, on defense and on special teams. The Bears led the game 31-6 at half time and the game was effectively over at that point.
Kyle Orton played very efficiently in his second career start, connecting on 67% of his passes for 150 yards and no interceptions. He competed his first career touchdown on a 28 yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad. Muhammad was Ortonís favorite target with six receptions for 81 yards. No other Bear receiver had more than two catches for the game.
Thomas Jones was the offensive star of the game for the Bears, with 139 yards and two touchdowns on his 20 carries. He had six carries of more than ten yards and his touchdowns went for three and 16 yards. Cedric Benson carried for 49 yards on 16 attempts, mostly in the second half when the Bears held a large lead.
The story of the game was the Bearsí five interceptions of Detroitís Joey Harrington, two of which were picked by Nathan Vasher. Ian Scott, Lance Briggs and Mike Brown each had one interception, and Brownís was returned for touchdown. Brian Urlacher sacked Harrington twice and the Bears pressured Harrington often throughout the game. The Bears also scored a touchdown on a 73 yard punt return by Bobby Wade.
What you ought to know
Harrington had an awful game, and was intercepted a career high five times. He was clearly bothered by the Bearsí pressure up front as he was sacked twice, hurried often and hit as he threw on a few occasions. On the first drive of the game, his second pass was batted at the line and caught by Bears DL Ian Scott. On the second drive, he connected with Roy Williams for a 51 yard touchdown, but it was downhill from there. The Lions recorded only one first down over the next three drives, and Harrington was intercepted to end the following two drives. Chicagoís Mike Brown ran back the third interception of the half for a touchdown. The second half wasnít much better for Harrington, who was intercepted two more times before leaving the game in favor of rookie Dan Orlovsky. The Lions were out of synch all game, mostly due to a tremendous effort by the Bearsí defense but also clearly due to a subpar performance by Harrington.
Orlovsky entered the game on the Lionsí last possession after Harringtonís fifth interception. He was not all that impressive and will continue to back up Harrington, despite the starterís horrendous outing against the Bears.
|RB Kevin Jones, Rush: 8 - 22 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
Jones struggled to get anything going against the Bearsí defense, collecting only 22 yards on eight caries. He did not rush the ball in the red zone. He was targeted three times in the passing game, one of which was dropped and another that was caught and nullified by penalty. Jones was not the factor that he needed to be in this game as the Detroit rushing attack was entirely shut down by the Chicago defense.
|RB Shawn Bryson, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)|
Bryson didnít have much of an effect on the game with his four carries and one catch. He was in his usual role of spelling Kevin Jones for a few plays per quarter.
|RB Paul Smith, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)|
Most of Smithís playing time came in the fourth quarter, with starter Kevin Jones resting on the bench. He was not a significant part of the Lionsí game plan.
Johnson was targeted eight times, nearly as many as starter Charles Rogersí nine. However, his six catches went for only 32 yards, and nothing was longer than 11 yards, so he was only used in the short and medium passing game. None of his targets resulted in first downs and he was not targeted in the red zone. The only first down he recorded was on a pass that was intended for another receiver and tipped in his direction.
Williamsí was targeted 13 times, tops on the Lions for the game. He only caught five balls, but almost reached the 100 yard plateau and caught a 51 yard touchdown as he outran the Bearsí secondary. He was targeted on four consecutive plays on Detroitís sixth drive of the game, the last three of which were within the red zone. On the first attempt, he had his hands on the ball in the end zone but it was tipped away by the Bearsí secondary. Two plays later, from the Bearsí 12 yard line, he was targeted in the end zone again on a pass that was overthrown and intercepted.
Rogers was shut out in the first half with just one target. He was more of a factor in the second half with eight targets, but he only caught three balls for 31 yards. On third and nine from the Chicago 19 yard line, he was targeted in the end zone and had his hands on the ball but dropped it. He was Joey Harringtonís target on another red zone play, but Harrington was hit as he threw and the ball went straight into the ground. Only one of his catches came during Harringtonís time in the game. Backup QB Dan Ostrovsky targeted him three times during garbage time, and Rogers caught two and dropped the other.
Drummond is primarily a return man, but he did come into the game as a wide receiver and had a rushing attempt for Ė3 yards on an end around.
Williams was only targeted three times and did not record a reception for the game. He did catch a 44 yard pass down the right sideline, but the play was called back due to his own pass interference penalty. He also was targeted on a third down play over the middle that he tipped in the air and was caught by teammate Kevin Johnson for a first down.
Fitzsimmons entered the game in the fourth quarter after Marcus Pollard was knocked out due to an injury. He was targeted three times and caught the first two before the Bearsí Lance Briggs intercepted the third.
Pollard was the recipient of two passes on third downs, both of which netted the Lions first downs. He was not targeted in the red zone. The Bearsí Mike Brown knocked Pollard out of the game on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter. Casey Fitzsimmons replaced him for the rest of the game.
Subbing for the injured Jason Hanson, Hamilton's only extra point attempt was blocked in the first quarter. The Lions did not attempt a field goal.
Detroit was shredded for 187 yards on 37 carries for an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Thomas Jones collected 139 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions were no match for the Bearsí offensive line as large holes were opened often during the game. On Jonesí second touchdown, he was ten yards downfield before being touched, and he broke a few tackles en route to a 16 yard touchdown.
Detroit had two sacks and no interceptions against the Bears. The Lionsí secondary allowed one touchdown, a 28 yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad. They only yielded 161 passing yards on 21 passing attempts, but the Bears were content to rely on the running game to salt away the win.
Orton played a consistent, mistake free game in his home debut. He leaned on Muhsin Muhammad early in the game, hitting him for short yardage on the first three passes of the game. As his confidence grew, he started throwing the ball downfield more often, later hitting Muhammad for a 28 yard touchdown between two Detroit defenders. He was accurate and smart with the football, taking a sack on two occasions instead of forcing the ball into coverage. His 150 yards were meager by fantasy standards, but he managed the game effectively and didnít need to force things with the superb effort being made by the Chicago defense. He yielded to Jeff Blake for one series late in the game with a huge lead.
|QB Jeff Blake, Pass: 1 - 1 - 11 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Blake played late in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. He completed his only pass.
|RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 20 - 139 - 2, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)|
Jones had a stellar game against the Lions, collecting 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He ran for a three yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game, when he had 34 yards on five carries. He ran for a 16 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter before yielding to Cedric Benson for the rest of the game. He did not lose yardage on a single carry and had six rushes for more than ten yards. He had three rushes inside the red zone and turned them into two touchdowns. He caught both passes thrown in his direction for the game for 19 yards.
Benson only played in one drive in the first half, gaining 11 yards on three carries. He was lifted on a third down play during the drive as the Bears inserted Thomas Jones for blitz protection. He saw much more playing time in the second half, getting 13 carries and 38 yards. He was bottled up for no gain or negative yardage on eight of his 16 carries on the game, but also broke off runs of 19 and 13 yards in the second half. He carried on third down and one in the third quarter and was stuffed for no gain. He was not targeted in the passing game and the Bears seem to be using Thomas Jones in passing situations.
He caught both passes thrown in his direction for the game, but neither was in the red zone.
He led the team with his nine targets, and caught the Bearsí only touchdown through the air for the game. His 28 yard touchdown was caught between two defenders and he held the ball despite a solid hit by the Detroit secondary. He was wide open on another target but Kyle Orton just missed him. He didnít see much action in the second half with the Bears holding a significant lead.
Wade made a huge impact in the return game, running back a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He was targeted twice on third down passes, but one was batted down at the line of scrimmage and the other was well short of the first down. Orton did not look in his direction in the red zone.
The rookie was starting his first professional game, but was only targeted once. The lone catch went for nine yards in the first quarter. Kyle Orton clearly favored WR Muhsin Muhammad in the long passing game and Bradley ended up having minimal impact on the game.
Gage caught one ball for 21 yards on the game. He had started the previous game, but came off the bench in week two. With Kyle Orton keying on Muhsin Muhammad, Gage didnít see much action.
Berrian didnít see much time on the field, and was only targeted on one pass for the game.
Clark was not targeted in the red zone, but did catch two balls on his three targets. Clark dropped the lone missed target.
Brien had two 48 yard field goal attempts in the first quarter, hitting the first and missing the second. He later missed a 36 yard attempt that hit the upright. He was perfect on five extra point attempts.
Chicago displayed superb run defense throughout the game, holding the Lions rushing attack to 29 yards for the game on 18 carries. Kevin Jones was completely bottled up with only 22 yards on eight carries. The Lions only had one first down via the run and did not have a rushing play that went for more than eight yards in the entire game.
The Bearsí pass defense excelled during this game. In the first half, Chicago recorded two sacks by Brian Urlacher and three interceptions by Ian Scott, Nathan Vasher and Mike Brown. Brown returned his interception for a touchdown and put the Bears up 31-6, effectively ending the Lionsí hopes getting back into the game. The Bears grabbed two additional interceptions in the second half, one by Lance Briggs and the second of the game for Nathan Vasher. The Bears also pressured Harrington often, hitting him several times just as he released the ball and batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. The Lions scored their only touchdown on a 51 yard pass to Roy Williams early in the game, but the Bears didnít allow much after that. The Bears did appear to be burned for a 44 yard reception by Mike Williams, but it was called back due to penalty. This was a dominant performance by the Bearsí passing defense.