Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli tried to ignore his old team and stay out of the spotlight all week, but the Bears gave him a game ball after Chicago’s 48-24 win over the Lions.

Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli tried to ignore his old team and stay out of the spotlight all week, but the Bears gave him a game ball after Chicago’s 48-24 win over the Lions.

“We knew this game was big for him,” defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said of Marinelli, who had a 10-38 record as Detroit’s head coach the past three years. “Despite him not wanting to receive a game ball, we gave him a game ball. He was very reluctant. He got a little red in the face, but he deserved it.”

Marinelli’s charges had a lot to do with the win. The Bears had five sacks and now have 14 sacks in four games after having 28 all last season.

“He never said Detroit one time this week,” said Ogunleye, who had 2.5 sacks. “I was waiting for him to say something about it, but he wouldn’t. But that’s not just Detroit. He never talks about the opponent. It’s always about us. He puts the blinders on and keeps moving.”

Bears firsts
Matt Forte (121 yards on 12 carries) had his first run longer than 50 yards (61), Robbie Gould his first 50-yard field goal (52), Johnny Knox his first return touchdown (102 yards on the second-half kickoff) and Tommie Harris had his first career interception. Harris fell down after the interception at the Lions 14 that Mark Anderson helped force with a good rush on Matt Stafford. He got back up, but made it only to the 8.

“Coaches always say, ‘Act like you’ve been there before,’ but this was my first time,” Harris said.

Forte’s 61-yard run came on a slow-developing play on Chicago’s first series.

“I was kind of waiting and then saw this backside cut,” Forte said. “I just hit it after that.”

 A perfect 100
Jay Cutler (18 of 28 for 141 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions) became the first Bears quarterback since 1970 to post a passer rating of at least 100 in three consecutive games. Cutler’s teams are 13-0 when he has a 100-plus rating and the Bears are 15-0 since 2004 when their quarterback has a rating of at least 100.

Taking turns
Adewale Ogunleye had 2.5 sacks lined up against Detroit’s 2008 No. 1 draft pick Gosder Cherilus.

“I wasn’t drafted, so anybody that was drafted, I have hatred for you,” Ogunleye said. “I do. All the time. These guys are paid big bucks, for doing nothing really.”

Assistant sports editor Matt Trowbridge can be reached at: 815-987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com