Lions bullied Bears on both sides of the ball
By Patrick Finley Staff Reporter November 11, 2013 10:04PM
Updated: December 13, 2013 6:25AM
One day after the Bears’ biggest players were bullied on offense and defense, coach Marc Trestman admitted as much — though he described the event as rare this season.
“I don’t think we won the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball for one of the first times in a while,” the coach said Monday at Halas Hall after the team’s 21-19 loss Sunday to the Lions. “It wasn’t one way or the other where they dominated, but certainly it was at best a draw.”
The numbers say otherwise.
The Lions had 22 quarterback hurries and 12 quarterback hits. The Bears had five and two, respectively, per Pro Football Focus.
Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Willie Young combined for three batted passes, three sacks, six hits and nine quarterback hurries.
On offense, the Lions averaged 5.6 yards per rush, the Bears’ 1.9.
The Bears’ most notable rushing failure came on a one-yard, two-point conversion attempt, which the Lions stuffed with 40 seconds to play.
“You have to give credit to the Lions,” Trestman said. “Both their fronts played well and, at the end of the day, as we always talk about, these games come down to the last series and the last drive.’’
Marshall: Lions dirty
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall watched film of the Lions’ defense on Monday morning, and didn’t like what he saw.
“Kinda disgusting to see the D-line go out of their way to knock our quarterbacks down after every single play,” Marshall said on WMVP-AM (1000). “It seems like it was game-planned.”
He described the Lions as the little brother who’s “not better than the big brother in anything,” and vowed to see them in the playoffs.
Linebacker Jon Bostic is “getting better,” Trestman said, and was “physical” and “good on his run fits” Sunday, but an early Lance Briggs return “hasn’t come into any discussions at this point.’’