Detroit Lions feast on hobbled Jay Cutler, 21-19

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Updated: November 10, 2013

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.

About the author(s)

Johnathan Wood is a passionate fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, and Northwestern Wildcats. He enjoys being the beat writer for the Bears at Water Cooler Sports and being obnoxiously unapologetic about how his favorite teams are more awesome than yours. Feel free to email him at if you have any comments or suggestions. Connect with .

2146 comments
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. 

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Where is LKP?  Is he feasting on NFCN fans like TT on blood?

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.

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

"The final moments of those games might fool you into thinking that the Panthers and Lions learned how to close out games, or something else as arbitrarily specious, but we know that's not the case from how they played on their final drives. The Panthers still got sloppy and still had to punt the ball away while leading by one point. The Lions still extended the game with penalties. This time, the randomness went in their favor: Carolina recovered both of their fumbles as opposed to giving the 49ers incredible, likely game-sealing field position. The Lions held up on what amounts to a coin flip, that second two-point conversion. If either of those breaks don't go their way, we're all mumbling about the same old Panthers and the same old Lions on Monday morning." -- Barnwell today

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

 Le'Veon should have a big day.

droog
droog

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

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

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

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 Dayyyyum.... Now that's the kind of fireworks I want to go see. lol

droog
droog

 

its not gonna be a mannish looking girl is it

G & G
G & G

 Yes, this is the island of  "Lost"

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 I hear ya. But the faces he makes sometimes... lol

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Hopefully Detroit will still be there in a few months.

droog
droog

  

LKP? are you happy about the Lions?

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

  It's a real life sitcom. 

Only a couple of us are finding the comedy in it, though. 

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

  I'll take Barnwell over you, but thanks.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Oh, the bandwagon Lions fan is back.

droog
droog

   wait ima go tell them

droog
droog

   gubby just said he disagrees

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

  Cross-website stuff is annoying.

droog
droog

  

reesy just said to tell you that her nips are hard

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

   Ah, spelling.... My old nemesis.

We meet again.

droog
droog

   

Windy was displeased with the game

droog
droog

   

i think they could practically clinch on Thanksgiving

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

  Without Rodgers. 

Illwaukee
Illwaukee moderator

  Is that supposed to be impressive? Chicago isn't good defensively.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

   Thank god you aren't letting Suh drive.