It took four weeks, but the Bears finally win their first game of the season. Chicago defeated NFC North rival Detroit 17-14 on Sunday.
With Jay Cutler still recovering from a right thumb injury Brian Hoyer made his second start in a row. Hoyer had by far his best performance on Sunday. He had good command of the offense going 28-of-36 for 302 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
The biggest difference on offense was the success of the running game. With Jeremy Langford out rookie running back Jordan Howard carried the load on the ground running for 111 yards on 23 carries. The run-pass balance on offense really opened things up Hoyer in the passing game.
“It helped to have the run game going,” says Hoyer. “I think I mentioned it before when you get the run game going it opens up a lot of things. We ran the ball well and we were able to get some of those especially at the end of the game when we were killing the clock a little bit.”
The real heroes on Sunday were the Bears defense. Riddled with injuries Chicago held the fourth best offense in the NFL to just six points. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked twice, and threw two interceptions. Head coach John Fox was encouraged by his defense’s performance.
“It was pretty lights out. I think most of them weren’t real pleased with our performance last week at Dallas,” says Fox. “They responded in a really very focused week of preparation.That’s a talented offense. They have a lot of weapons. They score a lot of points, and they’re very capable.”
The win snaps the Bears six-game losing streak against Detroit.