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Detroit Lions feast on hobbled Jay Cutler, 21-19

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler remained in the game for most of the second half despite being obviously hobbled by a groin injury.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler remained in the game for most of the second half despite being obviously hobbled by a groin injury.

The Chicago Bears (5-4) wasted numerous chances as they lost 21-19 to the Detroit Lions (6-3) at Soldier Field, slipping a full game back in the NFC North.

In the first half they had three drives of 50 or more yards but somehow only scored seven points, and a clearly injured and ineffective quarterback Jay Cutler stalled the offense in the second half.

A late switch to Josh McCown at quarterback proved to be too little, too late, as the Bears scored a touchdown with 40 seconds left but failed on two attempts to tie the game with a two-point conversion.

Studs

Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall simply dominated Detroit. They both went for over 100 yards and combined for two touchdowns. Their days could have been even bigger had Jay Cutler been able to throw the ball effectively in the second half.

Defensive lineman Corey Wootton had a good game that didn’t show up much in the box score; he made several plays in the backfield, including batting a pass down and forcing a fumble on a handoff.

Duds

The offensive line struggled with Detroit’s big defensive tackles, giving up consistent pressure while failing to open any holes for running back Matt Forte (17 carries, 33 yards, 1.9 ypc). Offensive guard Matt Slauson also had a key holding penalty that took away a Forte touchdown run.

Jay Cutler had a nice first half that ended on a down note with an interception off a tipped pass. He was awful in the second half, missing throws he usually makes and completely unable to move in the pocket.

Head coach Marc Trestman deserves much of the blame for refusing to pull Cutler until very late in the game.  With a healthy quarterback, the Bears consistently moved the ball (five drives for 263 yards); with an injured quarterback, they could do nothing (six drives for 75 yards).

Had Trestman pulled Cutler in the third quarter when he was clearly hobbled, it is likely Chicago would have won this game.

Injuries

Jay Cutler finally left the game with what was described as an ankle injury, though he was obviously favoring his groin the whole second half.

Safety Major Wright left the game with an undisclosed injury but returned shortly.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall also left briefly.

What’s next

The Chicago Bears stay home this week as they prepare to host the Baltimore Ravens (4-5) next Sunday.

1805 comments
LKP
LKP

Lions haven't won in Pittsburgh since 1955. Time to change the history books again

G & G
G & G

Tolzien will win the game against the Giants!

You saw it here first

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Scott Tolzien is going to give Philip Rivers a run for his money on most Derp faces. 

G & G
G & G

There is just one thing worst than the Lions at 1st place in the division...






Obamacare web page

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

I find it funny how everyone in my office is excited about one chick who's pregnant and almost due. 

Barely any of them know she just got divorced. They especially don't know it's not her husbands kid. And they REALLY REALLY don't know she was knocked up by some random black guy she was cheating on her husband with. 

I can't wait for the baby shower they're throwing her.

Яeggie
Яeggie moderator

Of NFL.com's top 5 FF RBs so far this week, 3 are Saints RBs.

#1 Thomas

#3 Ingram

#5 Sproles

droog
droog

has LKP shared his thoughts about how he feels the Lions are doing yet?

droog
droog

he did a pretty nice job for not getting any 1st team snaps and just being off the PS

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@LambeauOrWrigley That guy in the bottom right is named Steve Rodgers, so they're still not without Rodgers in that picture...

LKP
LKP

@On1y_one They will. Homefield stil on the table

LKP
LKP

@BLOWOUT INCOMING Lions dominated. Went down the field and scored a TD to seal the game. Fairley huge stop. 

Яeggie
Яeggie moderator

Better get Harper and Jenkins back then.

Rourke
Rourke

You guys who try to provoke LKP into acting dumb are more annoying than he ever is at his worst.

Rourke
Rourke

He is funny. But watching people poke him like a caged bear is annoying.