(WSCR) When Julius Peppers lit up Calvin Johnson on the Lions first possession of the game causing a fumble and setting up the Bears first touchdown, the tone for the rest of the game was set.
The Bears went on to defeat Detroit 37-17 amid a flurry of six takeaway.
Matt Bowen of The National Football Post and Chicago Tribune said Peppers’ first hit on Johnson essentially took the wide receiver out of the rest of the game.
“Was there anything that Calvin Johnson did that made you say, ‘Wow’? Not really,” Bowen told The Boers and Bernstein Show on Monday. “That’s not what we’re used to seeing. You go back to the first Monday night game when he caught the deep ball on Chris Harris and then just threw Brandon Meriweather out of the way — that’s the type of play where you say, ‘Man this guy is the best offensive weapon in the NFL.’ … You put him on the ground early with a vicious tackle — a clean tackle, too — you get the ball out, and it kinda takes something away from that Lions offense.”
LISTEN: Matt Bowen on The Boers and Bernstein Show