Chicago Bears: 23
Arizona Cardinals: 48
Anytime a game starts off with your opponent returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, that's a sign that things could get ugly fairly quickly. And that's how things started off for the Chicago Bears, with Arizona Cardinal's running back/ kick returner David Johnson returning the opening kick 108 yards to the house.
Jay Cutler and company kept things close in the first half, until a derailing interception with three minutes left in the second quarter. On that play, strong safety Tony Jefferson picked off Cutler, and returned it for a touchdown. But more critical than the pick-6 was an injury that Cutler sustained trying to make the tackle.
Initially assumed to be an arm, due to the way Cutler landed on the ground, the Bears eventually named it a hamstring injury, knocking Cutler out for the remainder of the game.
Then it was Jimmy Clausen's turn to drive, but the backup didn't look like anything more than a backup. He struggled to find any rhythm against an aggressive Cardinals defense, and the game eventually spiraled out of control in front of the home crowd at Soldier Field.
Carson Palmer and the Cardinals' offense moved the ball at-will in the second half, eventually pulling away with ease.
Next week the Chicago Bears travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks. Jay Cutler's status likely won't be made known until 90 minutes before kickoff.
What were your thoughts on the Bears second loss of the season?