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TIM AND MIKE: Week 15 observations
December 17, 2017 01:20 PM | Tim Twentyman & Mike O'Hara
Ebron leads again:Eric Ebron's production has made him one of Matthew Stafford's primary targets. For the second straight game Ebron led the Lions in receptions. He had five, on seven targets, for 33 yards and a touchdown. The TD was an eight-yard leaping catch in the end zone that gave the Lions a 20-3 lead. He had a team-high 10 catches in last week's road win over the Bucs. - Mike O'Hara

Killer penalties: Chicago killed themselves with penalties Saturday afternoon. The final tally was 13 for 97 yards, but the timing and impact of a lot of them goes far beyond the stat sheet. Take the holding call on Tarik Cohen's 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. Instead of 1st and 10 at the Lions 14, it was 1st and 10 at the Chicago 10. That's a 76-yard penalty that led to a punt. Those are killers. - Tim Twentyman

On the move:Keeping their offense on the field helped the Lions build a 20-3 lead. They did not have a three and out on the first six possessions. The result was two field goals and two touchdowns. One possession ended in a fumble that the Bears recovered to set up a field goal late in the first half. - Mike O'Hara

Decker solid: With only Taylor Decker in his original starting spot along Detroit's offensive line in the second half Saturday, the Lions needed their second-year tackle to be good against a very strong Chicago front seven. Decker wasn't just good, he was great. He pass blocked on 42 snaps, and allowed just two hurries all game for a pass block efficiency rating of 95.9 from Pro Football Focus. The Lions needed that kind of performance from him. - Tim Twentyman

Protecting the end zone:The Bears ran 33 of their 63 plays and gained 232 of their 349 yards on their last three possessions. They didn't make the most of it, though. They scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter. The other two possessions ended on interceptions by Quandre Diggs and Darius Slay. - Mike O'Hara

Momentum change - The Bears were gifted a late field goal to end the first half after a Theo Riddick fumble. With the Bears getting the ball to start the second half, there was a real chance for a big momentum swing after the Lions jumped out in front 13-3. But Darius Slay made sure the momentum swung back Detroit's way. He picked off Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on the second play of the second half. It would lead to an 8-yard Stafford to Ebron touchdown and a 20-3 lead. Slay joked after the game that Trubisky will learn in due time not to challenge him as much as he did Saturday. Slay finished with two picks. - Tim Twentyman

Fashion review:The two best things about the color rush uniforms: The colors are unique in team history, and the numbers are distinct. - Mike O'Hara

Stout against run: Rookie MIKE linebacker Jarrad Davis has had some ups and downs this year, like any rookie would, but Saturday was one of his better games, especially against the run. When Davis comes up and makes a tackle, ball carriers know they've been tackled by him. That's a compliment. He brought a physical presence to Detroit's run defense against Chicago. He was Detroit's second-leading tackler with six, but a number of those were huge hits that not only got the crowd going, but his teammates as well. - Tim Twentyman

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