It was another anxiety-fueled Sunday for the banged-up Bears. Jay Cutler was the latest Bear to join the growing list of injured players when the quarterback suffered a groin injury during the Bears’ 45-41 loss in a high-scoring, diagnosis back-to-back shootout at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins.
Thankfully, sickness the Bears are heading into their much-needed bye week and will have almost two weeks off to get healthy before they head to Green Bay to face the Packers on Monday Night Football on November 4th. In the meantime, Jay Cutler’s groin will certainly be a topic on Monday morning around the water cooler. Get in on those groin and ‘time to panic?!’ conversations with our must-know talking points from yesterday’s game:
What You Need to Know:
- With 10 minutes left in the 2nd, Jay Cutler was sacked by ‘Skins lineman Chris Baker. If you watch the footage, you can see how Cutler takes a hard knee to the groin area and immediately reaches for his hip in pain. As Cutler laid on the field, Bear nation experienced flashbacks of the disappointing 2011 season when Cutler missed the last six games of the season from a broken thumb. Backup QB and 11-year NFL vet Josh McCowncame in for Cutler who limped off the field on his own and was reportedly carted off once hidden inside FedEx Field. Cutler did not return to the game and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
- While McCown certainly didn’t light things up once he took the field, his performance wasn’t anything to complain about. McCown did a great job for a rusty backup QB right off the bench completing 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a late TD to Martellus Bennett. Unfortunately, the Bears D did absolutely nothing to contain RGIII and the ‘Skins running game.
- It was the battle of the running backs: Matt Forte had a huge day bringing in three touchdowns on 16 carries for 91 yards. But it was ‘Skins’ RB Roy Helu, Jr., that sent fantasy owners scrambling (including myself). Helu had three touchdowns including the go-ahead late game TD that ultimately locked the ‘Skins win.
- Also noteworthy: Devin Hester had his first punt return touchdown of the season running in an 81-yard punt return to bring some life back to the Bears in the 2nd after Cutler’s exit. Robbie Gould missed his first field goal of the season but redeemed himself later with a 49-yard FG.
- The Bears D continues to take hits: the Redskins offense, led by RGIII shined a light on the significant holes left by the numerous injuries suffered by the Bears D this season. The Bears gave up 499 total yards to the Redskins and lost Lance Briggs and Charles Tilman (who had the solo Bears interception of the game) as well on Sunday to injuries that are reportedly not severe.
Your Take Away Piece:
“This bye week couldn’t come at a better time. The next two weeks of rest are critical to the success of the Bears this season. Cutler, Briggs and Tillman are all questionable, and the Bears simply cannot win without them.”
Time to get healthy. Cutler undergoes an MRI on Monday and Bears fans can only pray for a minor strain or something that #6 can bounce back from in the next few weeks. The Bears will continue to nurse their injured and prepare for the division-leading Packers on November 4th.