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.

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs released Munenori Kawasaki on Tuesday, allowing the popular, high-energy Japanese infielder to see what's out there while still keeping the door open for his return.

The timing would also allow the Cubs to avoid paying the $100,000 retention bonus to Kawasaki, who's played parts of five big-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and last year's World Series team.

"Hopefully, we get a chance to sign him back," manager Joe Maddon said at the Sloan Park complex. "A guy like him needs to take advantage of how well he's playing and possibly see if there's a chance to get a major-league job."

With that move, the Cubs cut the roster to 30 players on their second-to-last day in the Cactus League this spring. Between Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez – and prospects like Ian Happ and Chesny Young – the Cubs would appear to be covered up the middle for now. 

"You can never have enough middle infielders," Maddon said. "I'd love to have him, no question. Hopefully, he's going to be back. Again, this is one of those things where the word 'release' is a very harsh word, but I think it can be rectified possibly. I hope he comes back to us."

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari continues to chronicle husband Jay Cutler's life as a free agent in the most epic way possible.

With a revealing Instagram photo Tuesday morning, she may have hinted at a position change for the former Bears QB...to tight end! (Get it?)

For the NSFW version, head to KCavs' Instagram page.

Smokin' Jay takes on a whole new meaning now.

It's still apparent Jay Cutler just "DOON'T CAAAREE."

There are so many Bears jokes and puns to be made here:

Bare Down. 

Once a bare, always a bare?

Bare at heart?

Looks like he's in some bare weather.

We know who KCavs' tight end sleeper is in fantasy football this year. No ifs ands or butts about it.

Ummm...

OK I'm out.