The loss to Houston hurts even more now that both Green Bay and Minnesota wont stop winning. The early walkovers built some momentum for the defense, but the offense is still looking for its own and now has to go against an elite San Francisco defense without the key figure in the offense.
Indianapolis Colts (6-4) W 41-21
Balanced identity established with 33-35 run pass ratio and O runs up 428 yards with Jay Cutler throwing for 333 yards and 2 TDs to go with rushing TDs by Michael Bush (2) and Matt Forte (1) as part of 122 rushing yards. Nice to have caught this team while Andrew Luck was still a puppy.
@ Green Bay Packers (7-3) L 23-10
Cutler berates offensive linemen on national TV for seven sacks; linemen just have to accept Cutlers four INTs apparently. Embarrassing offensive performance all around as defense holds Aaron Rodgers and Pack to three FGs and one TD.
St. Louis Rams (3-6-1) W 23-6
Defense sacks Sam Bradford six times and holds Rams out of the end zone. Offense scores only one TD for the second week in a row and Cutler continues to find a groove with receivers.
@ Dallas Cowboys (5-5) W 34-18
Five interceptions of Tony Romo, two returned for TDs (Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman) and a workmanlike 360 yards on offense produce a crucial road win on MNF against the most overrated (annually) team in the NFL.
@ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) W 41-3
Bears offense runs up 501 balanced yards (214 rush, 287 pass) and explodes after a sluggish first half. Briggs and Tillman make NFL history with TD interceptions for second straight week and Brandon Marshall puts up 144 yards on 12 catches.
Sun., Oct. 14 Bye week
vs. Detroit Lions (4-6) W 13-7
Cutler sacked five times and survives Ndamukong Suhs WWE takedown. Bears RBs net 132 yards as run game clicks. Offense cant put Lions away but Tillman D on Calvin Johnson virtually locks Bears DB into a 2nd Pro Bowl.
vs. Carolina Panthers (2-8) W 23-22
Robbie Gould 41-yard FG as time expires caps 16-point fourth quarter and rally from 19-7 deficit. Offense and defense struggle badly for three quarters but Kellen Davis catches TD pass and Tim Jennings TD return to turn back Cam Newton and reeling Ron Rivera team.
@ Tennessee Titans (4-6) W 51-20
Tillmans bid for Defensive Player of the Year got a boost from four forced fumbles, Brian Urlacher returned an INT for a touchdown and Corey Wootton scored on a blocked punt. Cutler throws three TDs to Brandon Marshall in a game Bears led 28-2 after one quarter.
Houston Texans (9-1) L 13-6
Cutler goes out with concussion and offense improves with Jason Campbell. But too many wasted chances with good field positions with two INTs and two lost fumbles. Arian Foster rushes for 102, but Bears adjust to control Texans offense in second half. Next: vs. Jacksonville
@ San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1) Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
QB Alex Smith went down with a concussion and Niners struggled to a 24-24 tie with the Rams after blown plays in OT. Rams put 24 points and 458 yards, 159 rushing, on NFL elite defense. Next: BEARS, MNF
Vikings (6-4) Sun., Nov. 25, noon
Off week to prepare for Bears. Next: BEARS
Seattle Seahawks (6-4) Sun., Dec. 2, noon
Off week after two straight wins. Streak should be three next weekend. Next: @ Miami
@ Minnesota Vikings (6-4) Sun., Dec. 9, noon
Green Bay Packers (7-3) Sun., Dec. 16, noon
Rodgers directs second-half comeback with a late winning TD pass to Randall Cobb. Packers got that fifth straight W with key starters (Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings) injured. Next: @ N.Y. Giants
@ Arizona Cardinals (4-6) Sun., Dec. 23, 3:15 p.m.
A week off changed nothing except a closer loss, letting Atlanta get away as tailspin in the desert keeps getting worse. Next: St. Louis
@ Detroit Lions (4-6) Sun., Dec. 30, noon
Matthew Stafford helps the Packers with two INTs and a fumble lost while defense cant keep Green Bay from scoring 10 points in final two minutes. And the schedule is only getting worse. Next: Houston