WRs Do an Appearing Act

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WRs Do an Appearing Act

Byline: Bob LeGere rlegere@dailyherald.com

DETROIT -- On a day when record-setting wide receiver Brandon Marshall did not play anywhere near as well as he had most of the season, the Bears' offense got some huge contributions from other receivers.

Earl Bennett re-emerged at the most opportune time with a career day after having caught just 2 passes in the past four games, two of which he missed with a concussion. Rookie Alshon Jeffery had 4 catches for 76 yards, including a 55-yard grab on the opening possession. It was his most receiving yards since opening day and the most catches since Week 3.

It was barely enough for the Bears in a 26-24 victory over the Lions.

"We needed someone else besides just Brandon," coach Lovie Smith said. "We needed someone to really step up, and Earl did. We went to Alshon quite a bit, too."

Late in the first quarter, Bennett took one step over the line of scrimmage and caught a quick pass from Jay Cutler. He eluded linebacker DeAndre Levy, who took a bad angle, then got a key block from Marshall and outsprinted the remainder of the Lions' defense for a 60-yard TD.

"It was a linebacker over me and Jay checked, and I just kind of made a move and stopped his feet," Bennett said. "Brandon did a phenomenal job on his block."

It was just Bennett's second TD of the season, and it gave the Bears a 7-3 lead they never relinquished. In just his second game back from the concussion, Bennett caught a season-high 5 passes for a career-best 109 yards.

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