The Bears Den: November 12, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

David Banks

The Bears Den: November 12, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

Texans knock out Cutler, beat Bears 13-6 - Arian Foster was the only reliable offensive weapon on either side, particularly in the first half. Otherwise, neither team got much going on a soggy night.

A thud in the mud as the Texans clock Cutler - Rick Morrissey: The problem wasn’t just that Jay Cutler suffered a concussion against the Texans on Sunday night. It was that he and the Bears played as if they were concussed for most of the first half.

Bears need better play from QBs - Dan Pompei: Whether it's Cutler or Campbell, QBs need to step up in stretch drive.

Bears just aren't ready to be NFL elite - Michael Wilbon: Those who expected Texans DC Wade Phillips to crush Bears OC Mike Tice were right on the money. Tice has never seemed more in over his head. Those waiting for Tice's adjustment to the adjustment were, well, waiting.

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Game reports

Game box score - Player stats, play by play, drive logs.

Halftime adjustments - Michael C. Wright: Protect the ball, run the ball. For the love of Ditka, Run. The. Ball.

Bears lose defensive battle to Texans - Larry Mayer: Two of the NFL's best defenses traded quick jabs and roundhouse punches on a wet and sloppy Sunday night at Soldier Field, but ultimately only one contender was left standing.

Larry Mayer's game blog - Q. How is the o line going to stop jj watt A. Hopefully they'll get the security guard who wanded me like his life depended on it. Watt won't get close to Jay Cutler if that's the case.

Bears lose Jay Cutler to concussion, fall 13-6 to Houston Texans - Fred Mitchell: The Bears had their six-game winning streak snapped and lost Jay Cutler to a concussion in Sunday night's 13-6 loss to the Texans in front of a crowd of 59,989 at rainy Soldier Field.

Texans knock out Jay Cutler in gritty win over Bears - Bradford Doolittle: Houston overcame an uncharacteristically lackluster, 215-yard performance by its offense and beat the Bears 13-6 at Soldier Field in a rain-soaked, mistake filled game.

Bears lose 13-6 to Texans - Brad Biggs: Jay Cutler knocked out with concussion as Bears lose 13-6 to Texans.

Bears shut down by Texans 13-6, Cutler leaves with concussion - Sean Jensen: They hardly played a great game, but the Texans outplayed the Bears on Sunday night in a 13-6 victory at Soldier Field.

Texans ride defense, Arian Foster to 13-6 win over the Bears - Brian McIntyre: Sunday night's game at a rainy, windy and sloppy Soldier Field was expected to be a low-scoring affair. The game would not disappoint, as the two teams would combine for six turnovers, 13 punts and just 464 yards of total offense.

Two more picks by Tim Jennings help spare Bears a bigger beating - Adam L. Jahns: Were it not for Jennings, who knows what type of damage the Texans would have inflicted on the Bears in the first half Sunday night at Soldier Field? There weren’t many, if any, other highlights for the Bears during a sloppy first half

[Video] Game highlights - Highlights? I meant lowlights, of course.

Photos - All the action from Soldier Field.


Quarterback concerns

Cutler exits with concussion symptoms at halftime - Larry Mayer: The Bears were forced to play the entire second half of Sunday night’s 13-6 loss to the Texans without Jay Cutler after the QB experienced concussion symptoms at halftime.

Jay Cutler leaves early with concussion - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in the first half Sunday, leading to concerns about his availability for next Monday night's game at San Francisco.

Bears may have lost game, but Culter the concern - Tracey Myers: The Bears dropped their second game of the season on Sunday, but it was Tim Dobbins' hit on Jay Cutler -- and the concussion that resulted from it -- that has his teammates talking.

Jay Cutler put at risk by Bears vs. Texans - Gregg Rosenthal: Jay Cutler suffered a concussion on Sunday night and then continued to play. The Bears should have done more to protect their franchise QB.

Bears make right decision with Jay Cutler - David Haugh: Team shows proper long-term view of a season that still looks promising.

What's next for Cutler? - Brad Biggs: Bears QB must be cleared by doctors, independent consultant after concussion. Today's radio show cancelled.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Jay Cutler's multiple concussions a reason for concern for Bears.

Sixth (!) concussion in Jay Cutler's career - Kevin Seifert: By my count, Cutler has now endured three concussions in his NFL career and six in his football career. Those figures are significant in this era of heightened concussion awareness.

Urlacher says Bears can better overcome Cutler injury now than in '11 - Michael Silver: Jason Campbell is a significantly stronger insurance policy than what Chicago had as a replacement to Cutler last year.

Dobbins: Cutler actually ran into me - Moon Mullin: Texans' LB Tim Dobbins said Jay Cutler actually ran into him on the apparent play that gave the Bears' signal caller a concussion.

Can't any Bears QB run an offense? - Rosendoom: You go into a game with the chance to own a piece of the best record in the league, and you come out of it with a concussed starting QB.

Cutler, McClellin leave game with concussions - Adam Hoge: Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Texans and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Cris Collinsworth spoke irresponsibly about concussions - Dan Bernstein: And here I thought we had turned a corner in our understanding of the seriousness of brain injury, especially in what had appeared to be a newly enlightened – and legally threatened – NFL.

For what it's worth, Jason Campbell is a lot better than Caleb Hanie - Sean Jensen: Jason Campbell isn’t Jay Cutler. But, perhaps more importantly, he’s also not Caleb Hanie. Or Todd Collins.

Jason Campbell ready to start vs. 49ers if needed - Jeff Dickerson: Believes his teammates have confidence in him if he has to start in place of an injured Jay Cutler.

Lovie: Too early to determine status of Jay Cutler after concussion - The Bears will evaluate the condition of Jay Cutler on Monday after the QB suffered a concussion during the first half against the Texans on Sunday.


Postgame analysis & game notes

NFCN Blog Rapid Reaction - Kevin Seifert: The most significant impact of Cutler's injury is the fact it potentially jeopardizes his availability for Monday night's game at San Francisco.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin's postgame report on Cutler's injury, the TE position's lack of production, and progress from the OL?

[Video] PGL analysis - Offense wasn't clicking in a very winnable game. Can't win if you can't score.

Bears offense stumbles out of the gate again - Fred Mitchell: Tough sledding for Cutler, Forte & Co. despite Tice's attempts at jump-start.

Jennings picks off two passes for third time this season - Larry Mayer's game notes.

Despite two picks, Tim Jennings wanted more - Scott Powers: His performance Sunday continued to add to what has been an unforgettable season for Bears CB.

Rookie Shea McClellin knocked out early with concussion - Vaughn McClure: There were reports that the first-round draft pick suffered three concussions while at Boise State. Plus, game notes.

[Video] Wright & Dickerson - Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright discuss Jay Cutler's concussion and the Bears' loss to the Texans.

Bears' loss to Texans wasn't disastrous - Jon Greenberg: Don't get washed away with negativity, because this was already a team with obvious flaws, almost all of them on offense. Those flaws just got covered up during the previous two months with defensive dazzle and garbage-time scores.

Game notes - Mark Potash: McClellin's concussion, Manning’s revenge, Bears' bad starts on offense continues, and more game notes.

Adam Hoge's game notes - Brandon Marshall felt like backup QB Jason Campbell did a good job after Jay Cutler was ruled out with a concussion at halftime; other receivers didn't really help him out.

Carimi pleased with his play against Watt - Scott Powers: J.J. Watt had entered the game with an NFL-best 10.5 sacks, and Carimi and the Bears OL made him a non-factor for most of the game.

Beating Bears is sweet for Texans' Danieal Manning - Vaughn McClure: Defensive back makes immediate impact vs. former team, forcing Kellen Davis to fumble.

Danieal Manning makes most of his Chicago return - Jeff Dickerson: Safety has flourished in the Texans' defensive system which allows him to play an aggressive style at safety.

Urlacher: Texans' Foster a 'badass' - Moon Mullin: Brian Urlacher was impressed with Arian Foster on Sunday night, as he should have been. The Texans' RB rushed 29 times for 102 yards and a receiving TD.


Game grades

Three Bears - Vaughn McClure: Tim Jennings is too hot, Kellen Davis too cold. #54 is just right.

Michael C. Wright's Report Card - Michael C. Wright grades the Bears in their 13-6 loss to the Texans. Passing D aside, pretty dismal.

Adam Hoge's grades - Adam Hoge: Offensive players, coaches should be held accountable.

[Video] PGL analysis - The PGL crew with their Monsters of the Midway.


Kay Paradiso's guest video week - "Blues, Metal, Downtuned? Classic. It was either this or their 1 hour long song, entitled Dopesmoker".

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