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Bears-Lions: First quarter wrap

CHICAGO -- No protection or timing issues from the Chicago Bears' offense, which clicked well in the club’s opening drive. Still, the Bears came out of the quarter behind the Detroit Lions 7-3.

Quarterback Jay Cutler played relatively error-free in the first quarter, except for an interception that was tipped twice before Aaron Berry came down with it for the Lions. The INT set up Jahvid Best’s 7-yard run with 2:19 left in the quarter.

Cutler completed three of his first four passes for 46 yards, including completions to Devin Aromashodu for 20 and 17 yards. Interestingly, the Bears ran more than they passed in their opening drive. But they ended up bogged down on the Lions' 2, and had to settle for a Robbie Gould 20-yard field goal to go up 3-0 in the first quarter.

Establishing the run early appears to be a big part of the Bears' game plan.

Defensively, the Bears forced a three and out in the first drive, and would have done the same in the second had Julius Peppers not been called for a personal foul for making contact with Matthew Stafford’s helmet. The penalty on third down moved the Lions from the 40 to the Bears’ 19, putting the Lions in position to score.