NFL Week 10 Game Recap- Detroit Tops Chicago To Take Over First Place

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Detroit Lions (6-3)- 21

Chicago Bears (5-4)- 19


Line: DET -1.5

Over/Under: 52.5


The Detroit Lions marched into Soldier Field to battle the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon and walked out with sole possession of first-place in the NFC North as quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for the game winning touchdown for a 21-19 victory.


Stafford connected with Johnson on a 14-yard touchdown with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter to help the Lions (6-3) defeat their division rivals and take over first-place.


Both Johnson and Stafford read the Chicago defense and knew exactly what to do to find the end zone for six points.


I knew immediately that one of us on the outside was going to get it,” Johnson said. “So I just wanted to work , be patient and he threw a great ball.”


Detroit’s Reggie Bush also had a big day rushing for 105 yards on 14 carries as the Lions swept the season series against Chicago (5-4) for the first time since the 2007 season.


This is the first time since Week 5 of the 2005 season that the Lions have been all alone in first in the NFC North, according to STATS.


We came out with a victory on the road against a really tough team,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “It was a hard-fought win. Proud of the players, but that’s the only thing that means (anything) today.


I mean first place, you don’t get any prizes for first place there nine games into the season.”


With two touchdown catches on the afternoon, Calvin Johnson set the Detroit franchise touchdown record with 63 for his career.


To be part of history for the Lions, that’s a big deal,” Johnson said.


Chicago’s Jay Cutler returned to action for the first time since suffering a groin injury last month and was hobbled by an ankle injury in the second quarter that seemed to worsen as the game went on.


Cutler suffered the ankle injury on the same leg as his groin injury which caused him to play in a great deal of pain throughout the game.


It held up OK. It’s all the same leg so I think I think that was the problem,” said Cutler, referring to the groin and ankle injuries. “But with the groin, you take the ankle out of the equation and I would have been fine, I think.”


Chicago head coach Marc Trestman finally decided to pull Cutler in favor of Josh McCown before the Bears final drive.


I didn’t want to take him out unless he felt he couldn’t do the job.” Trestman said. “It was, I thought, a very courageous performance throughout. Then at the end I took him out because I knew he would have to run around in the two-minute drill and that’s when we decided to put Josh in the game.”


McCown responded by leading the Bears downfield, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall with 40 seconds left.


It all came down to a two-point conversion for the Bears to tie the game and possibly send it to overtime. The initial conversion failed but thanks to a roughing penalty, Chicago had another chance to tie.


The Bears went for a rushing attempt with Matt Forte, but the Lions’ Nick Fairley swallowed up Forte in the backfield to preserve the Detroit victory.


I just figured it would be run or a play-action pass,” Fairley said. “I just scouted out the ball real good and was just happy I made the play.”


Matthew Stafford ended the afternoon 18 for 35 for 219 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.



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Cutler uncertain if he’ll play against Lions

Bears Wrap: McCown Guides Offense

Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright recap the Bears’ 27-20 win over the Packers.

Bears Wrap: McCown Guides Offense


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler indicated Tuesday that his return for Sunday’s sport against the Detroit Lions isn’t a certainty as he continues to go through the rehabilitation course of from a torn groin muscle.

Injured on Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins, Cutler stated he had hoped to be back for Monday night’s game towards the Green Bay Packers. Although he’s utilized unconventional methods to speed up the restoration, corresponding to platelet wealthy plasma treatments, an ARP machine and a strict diet, the quarterback mentioned he does not have a say on how soon he returns.

Team docs advised Cutler, coach Marc Trestman and common manager Phil Emery that the timetable for restoration is a minimal of 4 weeks.

“I was aiming for the Green Bay recreation, and that didn’t occur. So I don’t suppose we can say I will be on the market for the Detroit game,” Cutler stated Tuesday on ESPN a thousand’s “The Jay Cutler Show.”

“We’re making an attempt everything we will to get on the market. It feels good, but I have never practiced. I have not been in a live scenario and executed all the cuts and the drops and noticed how it felt but. So can’t inform you. I want I may. I wish I may say, ‘Yeah, we’ll be on the market.’

“However I think the way in which that [backup] Josh [McCown] is playing, we be ok with that and we do not want to get into the state of affairs where I am on the market and I get back every week too soon and I’m set again one other 4 to 6 weeks. So I’m just gonna be good with it.”

Regardless of the four-week minimum prognosis for Cutler’s recovery, the quarterback final week said his aim was to return sooner.

Filling in for Cutler on his radio weekly radio show last week, receiver Brandon Marshall mentioned that in a “worst-case state of affairs,” the quarterback would return for Sunday’s sport.

When the Bears (5-three) host the Lions (5-3) on Sunday, 21 days may have handed since Cutler sustained the harm.

Cutler stated the therapeutic process has moved alongside shortly because “I’ve simply done plenty of rehab,” and that the original 4-week minimum prognosis concerned the recovery timeframe for somebody that “sort of let it heal itself and [took] it straightforward,” versus the aggressive strategy he is taken.

“We have carried out some stuff that isn’t simply straight ice and [muscle] stim[ulation]. There’s an ARP machine there. We did PRP. We’ve achieved loads of various things,” Cutler said. “The trainers, the Bears have executed an ideal job, Bobby [Slater, the assistant head athletic coach and director of rehabilitation] and those guys, of serving to me get again.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been out since tearing a groin muscle at Washington in Week 7.

“We have kind of attacked this factor head on, thrown a variety of completely different methods at it, and simply tried to keep the blood flowing there.”

An ARP machine (Accelerated Restoration Efficiency) is a unit that helps heal tender-tissue accidents quickly by sending a direct present to an injured space, along with a background current that the machine’s creators consider allows for deeper penetration. PRP therapies contain the injection of a patient’s own platelets into the injured space. The platelets are reported to have development components that help in therapeutic.”

Bears operating back Matt Forte has additionally utilized an ARP machine and PRP treatments prior to now to hurry up the healing process.

Cutler has also restricted his eating regimen in his bid to return to the sphere.

“Simply keeping your sugar levels, try to maintain them as stage as attainable,” Cutler said. “It is onerous in your physique trying to heal an damage and likewise break down quite a few quantities of carbs that we eat and all kinds of different stuff.”

But Cutler could not put a percentage on the place he is at in rehabilitation. Requested if he was seventy five p.c healthy, Cutler mentioned, “I don’t know.”

“We haven’t finished football-particular stuff to essentially inform me where I’m at. I have not pushed that button and said, ‘Hey, let’s go do a bunch of drops. Let’s roll out. Let’s throw and see the place we’re at,'” Cutler said. “I can do some lunges and stuff for you. But that’s not gonna inform me [I] can get out of the way of a defensive lineman.

“We’ve a walkthrough tomorrow. We’re working towards Thursday. Hopefully we’ll see if we are able to do some stuff out there. If not, we’re in additional than capable palms [with McCown]. I think Chicago would agree.”

But even if Cutler wished to play Sunday, the choice won’t be in his arms.

“I’m not gonna just stroll within the building and be like, ‘Hey, I’m able to go,'” Cutler mentioned. “Doctors have got to OKAY it. I’ve got to prove to them that I can protect myself on the market, [that I] can do the whole lot that we need to do at the quarterback position. We’ve nonetheless obtained some hurdles to go through.”

Cutler acknowledged that the waiting is difficult, but he believes in McCown’s ability to get the job performed during his absence.

In somewhat more than six quarters during the last two games, McCown has completed 36 of sixty one passes for 476 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions whereas generating passer rankings of 119.6 and 90.7 over the previous two video games.

“I want to be on the market. I wanted to be on the market Monday night time. It is just arduous seeing how much time and effort the rest of the fellows within the offense and the rest of the fellows on the group put in and not having the ability to assist and do my part. That’s the toughest part,” Cutler stated. “But that is why we have now Josh. That is why Josh takes his job so significantly: for conditions like that. I’ve simply got to belief in the truth that he’s gonna go out there, he’s gonna do everything he can do to help us win

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NFL Monday Night Preview/Pick- Bears vs. Packers


NFL Monday Night Preview/Pick- Bears vs. Packers


Chicago Bears (4-3) @ Green Bay Packers (5-2) 11/04- 8:30PM EST


Line: GB -10.5

Over/Under: 50.5


The Chicago Bears will have their work cut out for them on Monday night as they travel into Lambeau Field to try to end a six-game losing streak to a team that has also has won four-straight at home… the Green Bay Packers.


The hurdle facing the Bears is that they will be without the services of quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs.


Green Bay (5-2) has won six in a row against Chicago (4-3) and five straight meetings at Lambeau and will look to open the gap in the NFC North.


Aaron Rodgers is 9-2 against the Bears and seems to be hitting his stride after a slow start to start the season.


Chicago comes off a bye week having lost three of its last four and will be without Cutler (groin) and Briggs (shoulder). Cutler is expected back soon where Briggs is expected to still miss more then a month.


We really have to play together more then ever now,” coach Marc Trestman said. “And I think that’s something that we’re capable of doing.”


Despite the Bears being without their two top players, Green Bay is not taking them for granted.


We need to prepare and stay focused on our opponent and the changes they’ve made,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “At the end of the week, we want to make sure we’re focused on winning and that our quality of play is as high as possible.”


Veteran quarterback Josh McCown will be making his first start for the Bears since the 2011 season where he went 1-1.


Josh is going to do the job,” Cutler said. “We’ve got a good game plan coming in. Josh fared well against (Washington). He’ll play well again this week.”


McCown will rely on his best weapons for a balanced attack such as running back Matt Forte and receiver Brandon Marshall to help put some points on the board and take some of the pressure off a banged-up defense.


Green Bay has had their share of injuries on the offensive side of the ball missing receivers Randall Cobb, James Jones and tight-end Jermichael Finley but yet has continued to dominate offensively with Jordy Nelson and rookie running back Eddie Lacy.


We’ve got a great team, very well-coached.,” Rodgers said. “Guys are ready to play.”


Lacy has been a bright-spot for the Packers running game this season averaging 98.8 yards in his last four.


They’re statistics,” McCarthy said. “There’s one statistic that counts (winning the Super Bowl) and we’re working our way toward it, and we’re a long way from it.


Running the ball’s part of it.”


I expect another well played game from the Packers on Monday night taking advantage of the depleted Chicago Bears with their injuries to the defensive side of the ball and no Jay Cutler.


My Free NFL Pick for the Bears vs Packers game PICK: Green Bay Packers


Bears QB Cutler leaves game with groin injury

LANDOVER, Md. – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s 45-forty one loss to the Washington Redskins with a groin harm and can undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of damage to the area.

Cutler suffered the injury with 10:09 remaining within the second quarter after being slammed to the bottom hard on a sack by Chris Baker. Bears coach Marc Trestman mentioned he did not “have any sense in any respect” in regards to the severity of Cutler’s damage.

“We’ll know more in the subsequent couple of days,” Trestman said. “It’s a groin. It isn’t a knee, it’s not an ankle, it’s not a hip. We’ll see where we’re at. I’m just going to wait to see what the doctors say.”

Jay Cutler Jay Cutler limped off the sphere after struggling a groin injury Sunday against the Redskins.

In the meantime, the Bears are set to bring in Jordan Palmer as a potential backup to Josh McCown, a source advised ESPN. The Bears signed Palmer and Trent Edwards at the end of the preseason when former No. 3 quarterback Matthew Blanchard fractured a knuckle on his throwing hand.

Earlier than the Bears opened the postgame locker room for media access Sunday, Cutler was seen on the again of a cart being pushed by the bowels of FedExField toward one of many exits.

Cutler appeared to endure the damage as Baker swung him to the ground, causing the quarterback’s decrease physique to slam down on prime of the defensive finish’s knee. As Cutler lay on the grass writhing in pain, the Bears’ medical staff shortly came onto the sector to look at him.

Cutler ultimately limped off the field beneath his personal power, and the team’s medical staff immediately walked him into the locker room.

McCown stuffed in and completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards, including a fourth-quarter, 7-yard touchdown go to Martellus Bennett. McCown finished the sport with a passer score of 119.6.

“While you’re close to somebody they usually get harm, your coronary heart just sorts of sinks,” McCown stated. “I used to be bummed, said a prayer, grabbed my helmet and received some throws in to get able to play.”

Previous to the harm, Cutler had accomplished three-of-8 passes for 28 yards, together with an interception returned 29 yards for a landing by Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The Bears hope to know the extent of Cutler’s harm by Monday or Tuesday.

“You never need to see your beginning quarterback go down,” operating again Matt Forte stated. “When your starting quarterback goes down and you are used to him playing, it kind of does something mentally to you. We did not need to see anything like that out there.”

Cutler hasn’t missed time since Nov. 11 of final season, when he sustained a concussion against the Houston Texans that pressured him out the next week in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers. In 2011, Cutler missed the club’s remaining six games resulting from a damaged thumb, and the Bears misplaced five of these video games.

Chicago is optimistic that the upcoming week off may help Cutler through any potential recovery course of. After a workforce meeting on Monday morning at Halas Corridor, the Bears won’t observe once more until Oct. 28.

“Jay leads our crew. He is our quarterback,” Trestman mentioned. “We wish him out there. We want him playing. I am just hopeful that it’s not too severe, that this one comes at the right time [because of the upcoming bye].”


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Bears pick off Eli 3 times, send Giants to 0-6

Bears Maintain Off Giants

CHICAGO – Jay Cutler had no hassle discovering Brandon Marshall this time.

Tim Jennings struck early and late, and the Chicago Bears received the win they wanted against a workforce nonetheless looking for its first victory.

Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Marshall, and Jennings had two of Chicago’s three interceptions towards Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night.

The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-zero start. New York is zero-6 for the first time since the 1976 group dropped its first 9, a stunning turn for a franchise that received the Super Bowl two years ago.

“We see things each and every week that inform us we can not simply be good, we will be very good,” Bears coach Marc Trestman mentioned. “But we also know there’s a number of work ahead.”

The Giants came in clinging to the concept that they might claw their approach back into the NFC East race as a result of each team in the division has a dropping document. It’s exhausting to see that taking place, the best way they’re enjoying.

“We’re all sick of it,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re all sick of dropping, however we put ourselves in this position. There is just one solution to get out of it.”

Cutler and Marshall have been in tune early on, connecting for 2 touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards for a score as Chicago constructed a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Bears had been up by thirteen when New York’s Brandon Jacobs ran it in from the 1 within the closing seconds of the third after Jennings received called for interference against Hakeem Nicks close to the aim line. That lower it to 27-21, but Jennings made up for it in a big method when he picked off an overthrown cross by Manning intended for tight end Brandon Myers on the 10 with 1:54 left in the sport.

Cutler was 24 of 36 for 262 yards after throwing for 358 towards New Orleans final week. Marshall played an enormous function on this one after venting over a scarcity of catches towards the Saints, ending with nine receptions for 87 yards. Martellus Bennett had 68 yards on six catches against his former team, whereas Alshon Jeffery had just one reception after going off for a franchise-record 218 yards in the earlier sport.

“We received the game, however we sort of leave a little bit unhappy as a result of I think offensively we might have exploded for somewhat bit more,” Cutler stated.

Robbie Gould kicked two area targets, together with a 52-yarder in the third quarter that gave him 12 straight conversions from 50 or longer, and the Bears eased at least a number of nerves, even when this win got here against one of many NFL’s four winless groups.

Manning, the proprietor of two championship rings, completed 14 of 26 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, but he ran his league-main complete to 15 interceptions whereas matching last season’s quantity. He had passes picked off on the first two possessions, with Jennings’ 48-yard TD approaching the second one.

“I feel unhealthy for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches and everybody, preventing day-after-day, and I am preventing, too,” Manning mentioned. “I’m trying to get a win for these guys.”

It is not easy when he keeps throwing it to the other team. However the Giants aren’t about to go away from him.

“You’re not going to go back to not throwing the soccer. That’s not one thing that’s going to occur,” Coughlin mentioned. “He is been too profitable for therefore many years throwing the ball.”

Rueben Randle had seventy five yards receiving and a touchdown for New York. Jacobs, starting for the injured David Wilson, ran for 106 yards and two scores, however the Giants fell yet once more.

Cutler threw for 179 yards in the first two quarters, Marshall had 65 and the Bears racked up 227 yards in the opening half. The Giants (212 yards) moved the ball in the early going but had bother hanging onto the ball again – no surprise there.

In any case, they came in leading the league with 20 turnovers. The Bears, who had 14 takeaways when the evening started, rapidly added to that total.

Zack Bowman, starting for Charles Tillman (proper knee damage), picked off a go meant for Randle on the game’s third play from scrimmage at the 36 and returned it to the New York 12. The Bears got here away empty-handed on an incomplete cross from Cutler to Marshall on fourth-and-2 on the 4, but they shortly grabbed the lead on the Giants’ next possession. Jennings obtained an easy interception on what seemed like a miscommunication between Manning and Randle, returning it 48 yards for his second landing this season.

The Giants then drove eighty yards to tie it at 7, with Jacobs dragging Corey Wootton and Jennings as he plowed in on a 4-yard run. Marshall, sporting lime inexperienced footwear in honor of psychological well being consciousness week, put the Bears back on top with a ten-yard TD catch within the opening minute of the second quarter to finish an 86-yard drive.

New York quickly tied it when Randle stayed inbounds along the sideline on a 37-yard TD catch, but Chicago instantly answered with an 80-yard scoring drive, with Cutler connecting with Marshall on a three-yard move to make it 21-14.

Gould added a forty-yarder in the closing seconds of the half to increase the lead to 10.


Sport notes


Devin Hester turned the Bears’ profession leader in kickoff return yards. He has 4,643 after running again three for seventy three yards… Trestman had no update on linebacker D.J. Williams, who left the game with a chest injury, but did say Tillman probably would have been obtainable had they played on Sunday… Giants RB Da’Rel Scott suffered a hamstring harm on a thirteen-yard run on New York’s final possession… Wilson and heart David Baas missed the sport due to neck accidents, while cornerback Corey Webster sat out his fourth in a row due to a groin problem.


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Frustrated Marshall just wants Bears to win

Brandon Marshall expressed frustration along with his performance and function within the offense coming off his least productive recreation of the season Sunday in a 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Nonetheless, Marshall maintained religion that coach Marc Trestman is doing what’s finest for the crew.

“The frustration comes from when we’re not winning and the offense isn’t shifting the ball. It has nothing to do [with] me. It is about I wish to win,” Marshall mentioned. “I’ve obtained a nice contract. I’ve been to Professional Bowls. I’ve made all-Pro. I need to win. Generally, the system could go to me. But typically, no matter is best for the team, that’s what we have to do. So I’m at all times gonna be frustrated when our offense is not No. 1 within the league. I am at all times gonna be frustrated once we’re dropping. So yeah, I’m frustrated. We just lost two in a row.”

Marshall caught four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown within the loss, however quarterback Jay Cutler targeted him simply 5 occasions, whereas throwing 13 balls in the path of Alshon Jeffery, and 6 to Matt Forte.

Jeffery caught 10 passes for a franchise single-recreation document 218 yards, which Marshall said was “one of the only positives” of the club’s outing towards the Saints.

Marshall confronted double protection for the majority of Sunday’s sport, and mentioned what New Orleans did defensively did not come as a shock. Marshall admitted, “I’ve obtained to do a better job of putting myself in place to beat double coverage,” however there were instances the receiver wasn’t even on the sphere and others where he served as a decoy or an additional blocker.

“They weren’t going to let him have a good day,” Cutler mentioned of New Orleans’ protection. “They decided, ‘Hey, it’s not going to happen.’ They have been going to take him out of the ball recreation. He still made some plays for us. He is likely to be pissed off, however we simply must maintain getting better and higher, and he understands that.”

Asked for a proof behind the best way the club deployed him against the Saints, Marshall stated, “You have to ask Coach Trestman that.

“I attempt to just deal with what I can control. There’s occasions the place it could be third down the place I is perhaps doing a little chip blocking to assist out the offensive line. I’ve just obtained to hold my hat on [the concept] that we’re doing what’s best for the team. There’s some occasions where I am running some routes to tug the protection.”

Marshall began the season catching 15 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns within the first two games, but has since hauled in sixteen passes for 171 yards and one TD in the last three contests.

“It is actually powerful. I’m not going to deceive you,” Marshall stated. “Like I stated final week after the game, my No. 1 goal going into the work week was to work on my physique language when I’m not within the game. It’s been like that the primary few weeks, and I type of let myself down and the blokes round me with my physique language. So I obtained better at that right this moment. They took me out the sport, and that is one positive for myself – just attempt to preserve my head up and maintain myself ready for when I’m out there for the group every time they name my quantity I just try to be there as a result of should you beat your self up an excessive amount of otherwise you get too down or too annoyed on the play calling or protection, the ball comes your way and you drop it.

“So I am proud of myself at the moment. Sorry for patting myself on the back, but there’s not an excessive amount of that I can cling my hat on right now. We lost. I acquired shut out.”

That wasn’t the plan for the Bears offensively, in accordance with Trestman, who said Marshall is “at all times designated to get involved early” in the club’s passing recreation.

“I need to get Brandon the ball. We wish to get Brandon the ball,” Trestman stated. “There were a few pictures early. Jay looked again and he was open a few instances, then protection bought in his face and he was forced to move, which was disappointing. That begins with me. I’ve bought to do a better job of getting him involved.”

Can Chicago’s offense be successful with Marshall as a decoy?

“I do not know, man,” Marshall mentioned. “We’ve been struggling the previous few weeks. Even the games we have gained, the protection is scoring they usually’ve performed lights out. So you’re taking away some of these plays we will not be in these video games. As a receiver, you always need the ball. Your mentality is it’s all the time better once you’re getting it. However Coach Trestman is an offensive guru and Jay’s a good quarterback, and we’re gonna do what’s greatest for the crew.”

Up to now, Marshall made solutions during video games to Trestman and Cutler about easy methods to higher get the ball into his hands. In accordance with Marshall, that has stopped because it takes him “out of my game.”

“Mentally, it was an excessive amount of for me,” Marshall stated. “So transferring ahead, I am simply gonna do my job and be a large receiver. I imagine in Coach Trestman and Jay and the offensive linemen and the guys around us will make the performs and do what’s greatest for the group. Sometimes, you talk too much. I used to be too annoyed. There were times the ball came my method and I dropped it as a result of I used to be so frustrated. So I believe what’s greatest for me is to just stay the place I’m speculated to be and that’s huge receiver. If I try to be a coach or try to discuss issues, I could get us in bother.”

Cutler, meanwhile, simply hopes Marshall maintains religion within the system.

“It should come,” Cutler said. “You possibly can’t preserve doubling him and letting another receiver go for 200 yards. It’s silly to maintain doing that. He’s going to get his. He will need to hold trusting us.”

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