Julius Peppers


DETROIT (AP) Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears held on late against turnover-prone Detroit.

Then, the waiting began.


One day after being named to his eighth career Pro Bowl, defensive end Julius Peppers earned NFC defensive player of the week honors for his work in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.


CHICAGO (9-6) At DETROIT (4-11)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bears by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 7-8; Detroit 5-10

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 95-65-5


Call it a triumph for persistence, second effort or whatever.


GLENDALE, Ariz. The overall play of the defense in a must-win game like this one is a little difficult to critique in absolute terms just because of the quality of the opponent.