Cutler unseated as Bears defeated

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Charlie Morrissey, Sports Manager

The Bears entered Sunday night’s game against the Giants as one of two 3-0 teams left in the NFL. When all was said and done, they left with two injured quarterbacks and their first defeat of the season. Jay Cutler was unable to endure the Giant pass rush and was knocked out of the game at halftime with a concussion.

The Giants had nine sacks in the first-half, setting a new NFL record. Three of those sacks were by Osi Umenyiora, who also forced Cutler to lose a fumble. Cutler was unable to get anything going when he was in because of the constant pressure. He finished the day with just 42 passing yards, three fumbles, and an interception.

Todd Collins was the second quarterback in the game for the Bears and he left the game even more quickly than Cutler. The thirty-eight year old quarterback has not been the every day starter for a team since 1997. He also threw his first interception before being knocked out of the game by a vicious hit.

Third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie finished the game as the Bears were defeated 17-3.

The defense led by Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher played very well despite the Giants having good field position for most of the game. The obvious concern for the Bears was the offensive line, which gave up ten sacks total. Every time Cutler seemed to drop back, he was instantly swarmed by the Giants defense, who was led by Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora with three sacks apiece.

The immediate concern for the Bears is the health of their prized quarterback. Cutler left the game with a concussion, an injury that is being treated very seriously around the NFL because of the severity of the problem. This is an injury that sidelined Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb for a week, though his may have been worse than Cutler’s. Lovie Smith seems to think that Cutler will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

Though this defeat was very hard because of the injuries and offensive line woes, the first quarter of the 2010 has been very successful up to this point. Most people had the Bears 1-3 up to this point with losses to the Packers and Cowboys as well. Instead, the Bears find themselves in position to make a run to the playoffs.

The Bears face off against the Seahawks and Redskins after the Panthers before they head into their bye week. These are all winnable games if the Bears play like the first three weeks rather than last Sunday.