The Detroit Lions fully redeemed themselves this week with a huge 41-10 win over the Chicago Bears. And yes, Lions fans, that does mean their playoff hopes remain alive.
Detroit destroyed the Bears in their last home game of the season with over 66,000 people in attendance. The crowd was absolutely electric and the team responded.
Here are my takeaways from today’s game:
Defense Bounces Back
After a horrendous performance on Christmas Eve, the Lions defense absolutely turned it around today. While the Bears first two drives were a bit easier than the Lions would’ve liked to see, they were able to stop the Bears or force a turnover in the next eight possessions. The defense produced six sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception. They were on an absolute roll today.
The Detroit Lions are proving to have an elite rookie class. Three rookies were responsible for 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception in today’s game.
James Houston had an incredible performance today. He alone was responsible for three sacks, two TFLs, and a forced fumble. He now has the most sacks in NFL history through six-career games. He and Aidan Hutchinson have now combined to be the NFL’s first set of teammates to each log seven sacks in a season.
Hutchinson is another player who had a phenomenal game. He produced a sack, a fumble recovery, AND an interception. He is now the first rookie in NFL history to produce a season with at least 7.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Per Lions PR, he is only the 2nd defensive lineman in NFL history to produce such a season.
Josh Paschal was the third rookie recording his own two sacks in today’s game.
The Lions’ offense played one hell of a game today. They scored on seven of 11 drives in today’s game. Jared Goff found 11 different receivers, completing 21 of 29 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Goff now has the 5th-most completions by an NFL player through seven seasons.
Brock Wright and D’Andre Swift were each responsible for two touchdowns a piece today, while Jamaal Williams also added a touchdown for the Lions. Swift and Williams each now have eight touchdowns, marking the first time in franchise history the Lions have two running backs with 8+ TDs in a single season.
However, they weren’t the only record-breakers today. The Lions have now had three different tight ends produce a game with 2+ TD receptions this season. They are the first team in NFL history to do so.
Another offensive player with a big game today was Amon-Ra St. Brown. He tallied four catches for 64 yards in today’s game and has now produced his first season with 100 receptions. He is the youngest player in franchise history to do so.
Up Next for the Lions
The Lions now gear up for their final game of the regular season at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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