Chicago Bears QB Cutler returns in second half despite rib injury
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh drove Jay Cutler out of the pocket, found his left arm and proceeded with a hard sack with5:06 left in the first half.
The hit would have knocked the sense out of even the toughest players and Jay Cutler lay on the turf surrounded by team trainers. However, to the relief of a countless Chicago Bears fans, Jay Cutler rose to his feet and jogged off to the sidelines while being cheered on by a motivating home crowd at Soldier Field.
Chicago Bears backup quarterback Jason Campbell stepped in for one snap but Jay Cutler proved that he is one of the grittiest players by retuning to takeover towards the end of the first half and throwing for an incomplete pass. With the conclusion of the first half, Jay Cutler again walked off to the team locker room to have his ribs reevaluated for injuries.
A rejuvenated Chicago Bears (4-1) lineup entered Monday’s game with the intention of firming their footing atop of the division. The dire implications of a loss against the Detroit Lions would have led the Chicago Bear to a 0-2 in the NFC North which could have ultimately resulted in a tie-breaker situation in the division. The Chicago Bears are being closely tailed in the division by the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) and the Green Bay Packers (4-3).
"If we win, we kind of knock them down. If they win they will be 3-3 and feeling like they got a game on us and they will feel like they are pretty much still in it,” said Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore. “I feel we can take all of the confidence they’ve got."
The Chicago Bears tried to take early control of the situation by suppressing an aggressive Detroit Lions defensive front with smart and timely play-calling. And towards the end of the first quarter, the Chicago Bears were already leading 10-0 following a 39-yerd field goal attempt from placekicker Robbie Gould.
The 30-year-old Robbie Gould again made a 47-yard field goal attempt with 6:33 left in the first half but it was blocked by Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson.
However, the Chicago Bears never missed another opportunity and scored on their first possession when Jay Cutler threw to Brandon Marshall for a 7-yard touchdown. Upon the sixth-play, a 59-yard drive showcased a 39-yard run by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.
The Chicago Bears have remained in six out of seven of their MNF games at Soldier Field and they kept building the pressure on the Detroit Lions Monday night, in hopes of favoring the heavier side of the results.
“We realize what is at stake,” stated Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. “We know about the rivalry that we had with them. But it’s still going to be decided on the football field.”