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By Dan Parr

The Bears barely held on to beat the Lions, 19-14, Sunday, but their defense was dominant for much of the game. Detroit put together just three drives of more than 11 yards and the Lions' rushers gained only one yard per carry.

Bears DE Julius Peppers had the hit to remember, knocking Lions QB Matthew Stafford out of the game with a shoulder injury that will keep the young passer sidelined indefinitely. Peppers forced Stafford to fumble on the play and it was recovered by DT Tommie Harris. The turnover set up a Robbie Gould field goal before halftime.

Peppers had a good Bears debut, but it shouldn't overshadow the performance MLB Brian Urlacher had in his first game back since injuring his wrist in last year's season opener.

The PFW Spin

Urlacher played a major role in shutting down the Lions' running backs, as he consistently won battles at the line of scrimmage, and he also was effective dropping back into coverage. The 11th-year veteran made eight tackles — including a nine-yard sack on a blitz — and three of his eight tackles were for loss.

The Bears have some things to be concerned about — pass protection for QB Jay Cutler, who was sacked four times, comes to mind — but it appears everyone can scratch an aging Urlacher off the list of potential problems.

"(Urlacher) went out and balled today," WLB Lance Briggs told reporters after the game. "All the guys that people have question marks (about) went out and balled today. We played good defense."

Briggs, who had 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa (three tackles, one for loss) looked good as well, and the Bears might be back to having one of the better linebacking corps in the league.

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