Lions' defense to put game in Cutler's hands

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Lions' defense to put game in Cutler's hands

As the Lions take on the Bears tonight at Soldier Field in adivisional matchup with potential post-season implications, the Lions defenseaims to be the deciding factor in Monday nights contest. M Live reporterJustin Rogers suggests that the Lions should focus on QB Jay Cutler in order tosucceed. Cutler has been underwhelmingso far this season after being reunited with WR Brandon Marshall. Through sevengames, Cutler has completed on 59 percent of his passes for a 78.7 rating alongwith seven interceptions.

Cutler is prone to making mistakes whether he is pressuredor not, wrote Rogers. The Bears offensive line has been shaky and the Detroitdefensive line is coming off its best performance of the season...Detroit needsto do what it did to Michael Vick and deliver a few hits to Cutler early,making him uncomfortable in the pocket.

While Cutler will be the main focus, Lions cornerback Chris Houstonhas made a habit lately of shutting down the oppositions top wide receivers the past fewweeks. Recent victims include Tennessee's Kenny Britt, Minnesota's Percy Harvin, and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson.The Lions premier corner draws a tough match-up this week as 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver Brandon Marshall has five inches and more than 50 pounds on Houston. The secret toHoustons success is preparation. In a recent conversation with Dave Birkett ofthe Detroit Free-Press, Houston shared his recipe for success.

Houston said he spends an extra 4 hours or so nightly,usually 6-10 p.m., watching film of his opponent for the week. First he watchesan entire game, then receivers individually, then he delves into specificcutups, the offense in certain down and distance situations or by hash splits.

The Bears will have their own defensive agenda this eveningagainst Calvin Johnson. Detroit News reporter Josh Katzenstein points out thatsince 2010, Megatron has had a lot of success against the Bears. In his pastthree games, Johnson is averaging five catches for 92.3 yards with twotouchdowns.

Badgers' Brevin Pritzl gets medical hardship from NCAA

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Badgers' Brevin Pritzl gets medical hardship from NCAA

Wisconsin announced Monday that Brevin Pritzl received a medical-hardship waiver from the NCAA, giving him four remaining years of eligibility after he played in just one game for the Badgers as a freshman last season.

Pritzl was a highly ranked recruit for Wisconsin last year, rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 79 recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.

After suffering a broken foot last season, Pritzl will return in 2016-17 along with most of the Badgers’ roster, including all five starters from a season ago, making them one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title.

Michigan loses cornerback Jeremy Clark to season-ending ACL tear

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Michigan loses cornerback Jeremy Clark to season-ending ACL tear

Michigan has already had to spend three games without star cornerback Jourdan Lewis this season, and now the Wolverines will be without cornerback Jeremy Clark for the remainder of the campaign.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed to reporters Monday that Clark is done for the year with a torn ACL, an injury he suffered in this past weekend’s win over Penn State, having to be carted off the field.

Clark made 13 combined starts during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and started each of the first four games of this season. He came away with three interceptions a season ago. This year, he made 10 tackles and broke up three passes.

Harbaugh said there will be an attempt on Michigan’s part to get Clark another year of eligibility, but the NCAA will ultimately make that decision. By rule, a player needs to play in fewer than 30 percent of his team’s games to qualify for a medical hardship waiver.

The Wolverines will certainly miss their senior cornerback. Through four games, Michigan has been one of the country’s finest defenses, ranking 11th in total defense (269.8 yards per game), 12th in passing defense (147.3 yards per game) and 13th in scoring defense (13.8 points per game).