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Detroit Lions: Four Things We Learned in Week 4 Win vs. Chicago Bears

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COMMENTARY | This is the offense everyone was expecting from the Detroit Lions.

After three of the Lions' first four drives resulted in field goals, it appeared the Chicago Bears' defense would bend but not break.

But the Lions scored three touchdowns in about five minutes in the second quarter to take a 30-10 lead. The Lions led 30-13 at halftime.

Here are four things we learned in the Lions' Week 4 win against the Bears on Sunday, September 29:

Reggie Bush tears up Chicago defense

Resting Reggie Bush in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins worked out perfectly for coach Jim Schwartz as Bush was able to tear up the Bears' defense. He had 139 yards rushing and one touchdown on 18 carries and added 34 yards receiving on four catches.

The offensive line opened up some big holes for him, and Bush did what he does best when he gets into the secondary: makes people miss.

Bush had a great debut for the Lions in the opener against the Minnesota Vikings, and he picked up where he left off against the Bears.

Lions win turnover battle

Coming into this game, the Bears had already forced 11 turnovers, which led the league. They forced three more turnovers, but the Lions forced four turnovers and scored 17 points off of those turnovers to the Bears' 10 points.

I said one of they keys to this game was the Lions winning the turnover battle, and it was crucial as they got an extra seven points off of those turnovers.

The defensive line was disruptive and sacked Jay Cutler three times with Ndamukong Suh getting two of those sacks, including a fumble Nick Fairley returned for a touchdown.

The defense didn't contain Matt Forte as he was able to rack up 95 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but the Lions' big lead forced Cutler to go to the air a lot in the second half.

Brandon Pettigrew, Kris Durham step up in Nate Burleson's absence

The big question coming into this game was how the Lions' pass offense would fair without receiver Nate Burleson.

Early on, Matthew Stafford did not look sharp. He missed his receivers and didn't give them a chance to make plays. Thanks to Bush's performance, the Lions didn't have to rely on Stafford to score.

When the Lions did go to the air, Kris Durham and Brandon Pettigrew came up big. I'm especially surprised with Pettigrew as he had seven balls thrown his way and caught all seven of them.

Pettigrew has come under a lot of fire for dropped balls, but he certainly made some big plays against the Bears. Durham also came up big as he led all receivers with 58 yards on three catches.

Pettigrew and Durham had big games, but Ryan Broyles didn't make a single contribution. Stafford missed Broyles on one pass, and Broyles didn't see another pass thrown his way for the rest of the game.

Luckily, the Lions didn't have to rely on Broyles for production.

Lions' defense holds Bears to one third-down conversion

In addition to winning the turnover battle, the Lions held the Bears to one third-down conversion. Chicago was 1 of 13 on third downs.

Getting stops on third down goes a long way toward stalling an offense, and it was big in getting the 30-10 first-half lead.

However, the Lions' defense allowed the Bears to get back into the game in the second half.

Granted, they still hung on for the win, but they need to close out teams when they get big leads early.

Closing out games has been a problem for this team in the past. Great teams know that no lead is safe, and you play until the final whistle.

The Lions did a lot of good things against the Bears but, like any team, there is room for improvement. They cut down on the penalties drastically and got a much-needed win to move up to a first-place tie in the NFC North with the Bears.

Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Lions for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.

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