From the Armchair: Chicago Bears - Week 15
Cleveland - 31
Chicago - 38
Players of the Game
Cleveland - T.Gipson (Def Back) - 8 Tackles, 2 INT's, 1 TD
Chicago - J.Cutler (QB) - 22/31, 265 YDS, 3 TD's, 102.2 rating
What's there to say about this game? If you watched it, you saw how we played and it was a nice win, but, we did nothing to lead me to believe that we would still get past the 1st round of the playoffs, if we make it. But, with Briggs and Tillman due back soon, you just never know.
For the rest of you, the hot topic all week was whether Cutler should be starting at QB since McCown was playing soo well in his absence. In my opinion, whether you like Cutler or not, he's our starting QB and when healthy, you play him until he deserves to get benched. Seriously, that's like asking Coach McCarthy (GB) if Matt Flynn had the hot hand and Rodgers comes back, do you bench Rodgers? Yes, I know that Cutler and Rodgers should not be compared, when it comes to skill level and accuracy, BUT, they should be compared when asked if you start your starting QB coming back from an injury. Cutler is our starter. He was having a good year before he got hurt and, in my opinion, he should not lose his job due to an injury. If any of you ever played football, even if it were HS, think about how you would feel if you were a starter on your team, got hurt, and then was benched when you were healthy to play, not only is that wrong to do to someone, but, the bigger picture is that, as a coach, you are making a statement to your team that you have no confidence in your starting QB.
Cutler gets the start, drives the Bears down the field and then gives up an INT in the end zone on a deflected ball. Cleveland drives down and kicks a FG to make it 3-0. The very next Bears possession, Cutler moves the Bears down the field and we kick a FG....3-3.
Cutler ends up throwing one more INT. He threw a little too high to Marshall, who got a hand on the ball, but, again, deflected off of his hand into the Cleveland player who ran it back for a TD.
Cutler settled down, Forte ran well and Alshon, again, made an impressive TD catch, again!
Bears win and are in 1st place, pending tonight's Det-Balt outcome.
Week 16 - (8-6) Chicago @ (8-6) Philadelphia - Sunday night 12/22 - 7:20pm CST (NBC)
Passing - Campbell (23/39, 273 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT)
Rushing - Baker (8 Carries, 38 yds, 1 TD)
Receiving - Little (4 Catches, 68 yds)
Passing - Cutler ( 22/31, 265 YDS, 3 TD's, 2 INT's)
Rushing - Forte (24 Carries, 127 yds)
Receiving - Marshall (6 Catches, 97 yds, 1 TD)
Cleveland - 2 INT's, 1 TD, 1 Fumble Recovery
Chicago - 2 Sacks, 2 INT's, 1 TD
Time of Possession
Cleveland - 25:12
Chicago - 34:48