Lions Improve To 5-0, Eye San Francisco Next

Detroit beats Bears on First Monday night game in ten years.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Who dey… who dey… who dey just beat those Bears to go 5-0? That 'who dey' is the Detroit Lions and they used a balanced attack on a night where they weren't at their best to beat a Chicago team that has yet to look like the team that made it to the NFC Championship game a year ago.

The Lions used a heavy dose of RB Jahvid Best and WR Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson to abuse the Bears and secure their 10th straight win, counting preseason and last season. Best exploded on the Bears for 162 yards on 12 carries including an 88 yards TD run that put the Lions comfortably ahead. Megatron, meanwhile, only added a pedestrian 130 yards and a td on 5 catches. His touchdown catch gives him 9 through 5 games, a record in the early going and one that is putting him on pace to break Randy Moss's td record.

The explosion of yardage from Best, who has been as up and down a runner as you can get, was a nice change of pace for the Lions who have been primarily a passing team this season. Running as high octane an offense as Detroit is, the run game can sometimes get lost but for one night, it pulled its weight in an impressive win at home in prime time.

"When you have a quarterback like we have, when you have a receiver like we have, you're probably not going to be a team that's going to run the ball 40 times a game," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "So we're going to do what it takes to win the game, and we have a lot of explosiveness in our pass game. You saw the way it was able to be effective. We ran the ball well enough to be able to set it up."

Next up for the Lions is perhaps it's toughest test of the season, and it kinda shocks me to say this, the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, the other big surprise team, is sitting at 4-1 and seem to be improving with each week under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Their latest win, a 48-3 butt whipping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was about as impressive a win as you're going to see.

Say what you will about the NFL but even the most hard core detractor, as few as there are, have to admit that parity is rampant throughout the league. Because whenever you can say that Detroit vs. San Francisco is going to be the game of the week, you know the league is doing something right.