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Brian Hoyer leads Bears over Lions for first win of season

Brian Hoyer

Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


The Bears are on the board.

After an ugly 0-3 start that made Chicago look like perhaps the worst team in the NFL, the Bears beat the Lions 17-14 today, taking an early lead and never looking back.

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, had a very good day, going over 300 yards and throwing two touchdown passes. Eddie Royal had a 100-yard receiving day and Jordan Howard had a 100-yard rushing day for Chicago.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was less successful, failing to find any receivers all day and throwing two interceptions, although the first interception appeared to be the fault of Golden Tate, who was benched afterward.

It wasn’t all good news for the Bears, as receiver Kevin White left the game with an ankle injury. But it was by far their best game of the season, one that improved their record to 1-3 and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Lions, who have now dropped below the Bears to last place in the NFC North.