November 14th, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Bears forced six takeaways for the first time since 1995, as they cruised to a 37-13 victory over NFC North foe Detroit.

Two forced fumbles by defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Tim Jennings set the tone for the rest of the game in windy Chicago.

The Bears scored 24 of their 37 points off of turnovers.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford came into the game throwing four interceptions all season long, but doubled his total on Sunday.

Major Wright and Charles Tillman each had interception returns for touchdowns. While, Tim Jennings and reserve cornerback Corey Graham each reeled in interceptions.

Don’t forget about Devin Hester’s great day in the return game. He ran back three punts, two were almost brought back to the house, while one went for a 82-yard score.

The Bears only needed 12 first downs and 216 yards on offense to come away with the victory. Jay Cutler completed nine of his 18 passes attempted.

Matt Forte and Marion Barber carried the ball 31 times together for about 91 yards.

The way the defense was playing, the Bears offense didn’t need to do much besides waste the time off the clock.

Six turnovers won’t come every week, but the Bears can build off the momentum during their four-game winning streak.

The game got out of hand at certain times. The Lions seemed to be frustrated and once again defensive Ndamukong Suh showed how dirty of a player he was.

He ripped Cutler’s helmet off in the first half and later he pushed Cutler down well after a play was over. Neither of those dirty plays by Suh were called as penalties.

D.J. Moore was ejected from the game and whistled for a 15-yard penalty for his shove of Matthew Stafford. Stafford threw an interception to Tim Jennings and brought Moore down by the helmet on Jennings return.

Stafford wasn’t called for a penalty, but he should have been called for something. In his defense he doesn’t usually tackle, but it was a dirty play and the league needs to notice plays like that in the future.

Moore was just defending his body, Stafford could have severely hurt the Bears undersized cornerback. Luckily, the penalty didn’t affect the momentum of the game, the Bears were able to continue their strong play.

Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley led with his helmet on a 15-yard roughing the passer call late in the second half  and should be fined.

The Bears got more calls on what were being called “dirty plays” in this game. Linebacker Lance Briggs shouldered Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and was whistled for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call.

The referees didn’t lose control, but they seemed to get some of these dirty calls completely wrong.

Look for the league to warn both teams and the referees in charge of this game on future calls.

Fines will be given out, that’s is for sure.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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