The Detroit Lions doubled down on divisional wins as they bested the Chicago Bears in a breathless 31-30 game at Soldier Field. The Lions are now 3-6, and Dan Campbell has his first road win as the Lions head coach. Here are three takeaways from this game.
The Wolverine Roars
Aidan Hutchinson had the best game of his young career against the Bears. The Michigan man notched eight tackles, one sack, various pressures, and set the edge magnificently. Hutchinson displayed superb athleticism and IQ on several plays, matching Fields on the edge. Hutchinson also played a significant role in Jeff Okudah’s pick-six play. Fields tried to escape, and Hutchinson baited him into a poor throw. Fields threw the pick-six, and the Lions were back in the game. Hutchinson played a massive role in this game. Hutchinson also sacked Fields on a third down on the final drive. His relentless motor and endurance helped him get home in the most significant moment. The homegrown rookie is getting better and better.
The Sun God Shines
Amon-Ra St. Brown continued to pile up the yards and receptions in this one. The relentless receiver caught 10 passes for 119 yards. He is now in the top 10 among pass catchers to have the most receptions in his first 25 games. St. Brown’s crisp route running, safe hands, and tenacious attitude vault him into the elite category. The USC alum is the heartbeat of the Lions’ passing offense. The Lions are obsessed with grit, and St. Brown embodies grit.
Chicago Get Lionized
The Bears should have closed this game out. A storming third quarter put them in charge, and the Lions were collapsing. Chicago won the third quarter 14-0; the game was there for the taking. Instead, these ragtag, chaotic, often flawed, and never say die Lions worked their way back through chaos and craziness. Detroit outscored Chicago 21-6 in the fourth quarter. It was wild, and the Bears felt the full force of Dan Campbell’s Lions. These Lions are inconsistent, error-prone, and naive. But by God, do they play for their head coach and one another?