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Bears defense forces six takeaway, most since 1995

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Through the first eight games of the season, the Detroit Lions committed a league-low five turnovers.

They more than doubled that mark after Sunday's loss to the Bears.

The Bears generated six turnovers, the most since the club had seven on Sept. 17, 1995, in Tampa.

Just as important, safety Major Wright and cornerback Charles Tillman returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Asked if that was the most dominant performance of his tenure, Bears defensive end Israel Idonije said, "It really was.

"We imposed our will today - and it felt good."

Indeed.

Added linebacker Brian Urlacher, "I don't think we'll lose too many games playing like that on defense.

"That's as dominant as I've been around. They had yards - whatever. But we got takeaways when we needed to, and scored with them."

The Lions had 80 rushing yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and Matthew Stafford had 329 passing yards. But he attempted 63 passes, and his rating was 46.3. He was sacked twice, and he was pressured four times, according to the final game stats.

"It was tough to throw the ball out there today," Stafford said, citing the wind. "We put ourselves in a tough spot. That's on us as a team. We didn't play well enough on any phase of the game to win the game.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to Chicago. They're a good football team."

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Great game by the Bears (even if the offense phoned it in), but I still have one big complaint. What's up with those jerseys?! The Bears having the coolest looking uniforms in all of sports with the dark jerseys, and then they go and screw up an historic win by wearing orange. Come on Bears!

Now we are talking about Bear Football. Great game Bears D and Bears O it was a hard played and intense game on both sides and it felt good to see the Defense, Offense, Cutler was great and tough, Moore coming after Mathews for the cheap shot neck, Briggs hit which was not a cheap shot he led with the shoulder, Tillman's play against Johnson.

The fact is that the Lions thought that they could come into Chicago and try to intimidate the Bears. Suh's and Fairly's cheap shot on Cutler were pathetic and both should get penalized by the league. Lets face it the Lions play on the edge of being legal and the coach is preaching it he should be fined and suspended for a game.

This was a statement game by the Bears and may just define a very successful season, they looked great and sent the message to all the teams with the great Bears attitude that if you play the Bears you will have a few bruises for more than a few weeks.

WOW loved this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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