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Bears score early, often in pummeling division rival Detroit

November 13, 2011|RedEye

Orange you glad the Bears wore those jerseys Sunday?

Ugh. Sorry.

For the second time this season, the Bears donned their orange jerseys, and the results were about as good as they could have hoped.

So, what how did orange help the Bears? Let us count the ways.

Orange Julius

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers forces a Calvin "Megatron" Johnson fumble with a vicious pro wrestling-style clothesline on the Lions' first drive. Brian Urlacher recovers, and the Bears jump out to a 7-0 lead on a Matt Forte touchdown run four plays later.

Orange Peppers

Yes, again with a play on Peppers' name. That's because for the second time in the Lions' first two series, the long arms of Julius come up big. With the Lions moving swiftly on the ground and the air, Peppers breaks up a Matthew Stafford pass, slowing Detroit's momentum.

Orange punch

The Lions look like they are getting things together as Nate Burleson catches a 22-yard pass from Stafford, but cornerback Tim Jennings punches the ball out and recovers the fumble. The Bears make the Lions pay, turning the turnover into a Robbie Gould field goal.

Orange flash

For one day, that's Devin Hester's nickname. The Bears wide receiver/kick returner torched the Lions for a punt return touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter to give the Bears a commanding 20-0 lead.

Orange pickin'

Touchdowns don't grow on trees, but the interception return for a touchdown by Major Wright early in the third quarter was about as easy as they come. It put the Bears up comfortably 27-6.

Orange cleats

Bears receiver Earl Bennett wore the same orange footwear that earned him a $5,000 fine last week. That's OK, though, because he's money anyway.

Orange glo

After a decisive win, the Bears have the look of a playoff team barring a major collapse down the stretch.

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