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Jay Cutler expected to miss 6-8 weeks

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The news just keeps getting worse in regards to Jay Cutler’s broken thumb.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cutler will miss 6-8 weeks after he undergoes surgery on the thumb.

That timetable would allow Cutler to possibly return for the first week of the playoffs.  The Bears would be lucky to get that far without him.

The Bears are 7-3 and have the following schedule:  at Oakland, vs. KC, at Denver, vs. Seattle, at Green Bay, and at Minnesota.

It is a huge drop-off to backup quarterback Caleb Hanie.  The Bears would need to win three of those games without Cutler. That’s possible, but hardly guaranteed.

The improvement of Chicago’s pass protection has been overstated.  So much of the Bears passing game revolves around: “Let’s watch Cutler make throws no one else can.”

It looks like Cutler won’t be making any throws for a while.

Lovie Smith told the FOX crew this week he thought this was his best Bears team. We agree. They looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Cutler.

It would be a shame if Cutler doesn’t get a chance to lead this team into the playoffs.

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  1. troybulletinboard says: Nov 20, 2011 10:19 PM

    sigh… hanie time.

  2. mcjon22 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:20 PM

    Wow, tough tough break Chicago. With the success Detroit, Dallas, and Atlanta are having, it’ll be difficult for them to reach the playoffs now IMO.

  3. 46defense says: Nov 20, 2011 10:20 PM

    3 wins… OK, Denver, KC, Seattle, easy. Minny will probably be a fourth. Now get better Jay, see you in the playoffs.

  4. vikescry1 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:22 PM

    that suck’s, i was looking forward to a bears packers re-match in the nfc championship game. or the possibility of it anyway’s. good luck with hanie.

  5. cardsfann1 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:23 PM

    Can Forte throw the ball? Hell he might get paid then finally!

  6. stairwayto7 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:23 PM

    So now Bear fan and media will say Cutler is soft?

  7. lks311 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:23 PM

    I’m a Lions fan and I hate the Bears, but, I hope Cutler is back sooner than later. I want the Bears to lose every game, but, not because their best players are injured.

  8. pudgalvin says: Nov 20, 2011 10:23 PM

    All because Johnny Knox fell down on a slant route.
    Massive, massive bummer.

  9. jasino2009 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:24 PM

    This could be the best news for the Lions…

  10. simonizer85 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:24 PM

    Forte is truly going to be rode into the ground now… I won’t be surprised to see him touch the ball 30 plus times every game… He’ll be lucky to make it out alive

  11. iggles20 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:24 PM

    That’s too bad. He had been playing well.

  12. Matt says: Nov 20, 2011 10:25 PM

    The breaks just keep coming for the Raiders. This is our year.

  13. rushmatic says: Nov 20, 2011 10:26 PM

    Woooooow, what a horrible turn for the Bears’ season.

  14. drslick01 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:27 PM

    This team is actually likeable. What a blow.

  15. packfaninchitown says: Nov 20, 2011 10:27 PM

    Time to see if Hanie has any talent or not…

  16. goldkj says: Nov 20, 2011 10:28 PM

    It makes that game at Lambeau a lot less interesting.

  17. 15gb2 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:28 PM

    They better beat the damn Radiers next week

  18. mataug says: Nov 20, 2011 10:29 PM

    That sucks. Hate to see anybody go down to injury. Players like him make this sport great to watch.

  19. nepatriots128154 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:29 PM

    Unfortunate. For some reason people dislike Cutler, but I’ve always liked him. Just does his job and ignores the media, he doesn’t feel the need to throw his face on everything. Shame he has to miss games now.

  20. spartytime says: Nov 20, 2011 10:29 PM

    atleast we wont have todd “old man jenkins” collins anymore…

    Caleb played pretty well against a very good pack D last year in the CCG…

  21. i3addog says: Nov 20, 2011 10:31 PM

    Caleb Hanie played great against the Packers last year. Losing Cutler isn’t necessarily a death sentence.

  22. cordellgc says: Nov 20, 2011 10:32 PM

    let me be the 1st to say it. they need a Q.B. that knows the diviaion, someone call the old gun slinger.

  23. irishking says: Nov 20, 2011 10:32 PM

    I really admire Jay Cutler for his courage and pray that he will heal fast.

  24. packfaninorono says: Nov 20, 2011 10:33 PM

    In all sincerity, Cutler getting hurt really sucks. Cutler took a lot of grief last year, and is really having a hell of a year. The Bears (with Cutler) are probably the biggest threat to GB, and I was looking forward to a complete reversal of the game last year with GB trying to keep the Bears out of the playoffs on Christmas night. It may still happen, but chances are some of the intrigue will be gone.

  25. diehardraidersfan says: Nov 20, 2011 10:35 PM

    First game without Cutler will be a West coast game against a stout pass rush.

    Will be a big test for Bears.

  26. reidstinks says: Nov 20, 2011 10:36 PM

    NFL should implement a different trade dealing for QBs. Teams can overcome losing every position but QB. Why should a team lose all hope by losing one player?

  27. goldrush36 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:36 PM

    This really sucks for the bears. Virtually crishes their playoff hopes

  28. smo06d says: Nov 20, 2011 10:36 PM

    Hopefully he gets healthy so he has a chance to quiet the critics after his early exit last year.

  29. packhawk04 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:36 PM

    Favre to chicago rumors in 3,2,1

  30. darthvincent says: Nov 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    Hanie DID NOT play well against the Pack in the NFCCG last year — He threw 2 picks… and just because he played better than Cutler, does not mean he played “pretty well”.

  31. bobbyyyd says: Nov 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    Hanie is decent, the bears defense is coming along very good past 5 games. The playoffs just got a lot harder for the bears now though. It is looking like the wildcards will be lions and atlanta

  32. primetime0552 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:39 PM

    Tough break for the 3rd place in the NFC North.

  33. fatcatt says: Nov 20, 2011 10:41 PM

    Didnt Hanie play well when he has played in the past? To bad.Now there are even more bad teams in the NFL this year..2 games today between teams with winning records = Pathetic!

  34. paytonsghost34 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:42 PM

    Caleb Hanie played horribly against that Packers defense.

    13/20
    2 INTs
    A TD pass that was a lob pass that could have been intercepted.

    Passer rating of 65.

    yeah – let’s be realistic here…

  35. jharmon64 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:42 PM

    They hardly have a tough game left aside from the Packers…..they’ll still make the playoffs.

  36. goweezie says: Nov 20, 2011 10:43 PM

    “Legitimate Super Bowl contenders” . . . come on?

  37. jvm127 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:44 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger has a broken thumb on his throwing hand too. He’s playing next week and says it won’t bother him. Cutler is out 6 – 8 weeks. I’m sure glad we start Ben in Pittsburgh!

  38. hansenbrothers says: Nov 20, 2011 10:44 PM

    I wanted the Packers to go 16-0 versus a full power Bears team on New Years Day….not a Jay Cutler-less Bears team.

    In all reality, this is a bummer, even for the arch-enemy. No NFL fan wants to see a franchise QB go down.

  39. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:45 PM

    I honestly feel for you bears fans as Cutler and forte are the offense, Cutler as much as I dispise Cutler he has made some plays with the Swiss cheese the bears call an offensive line.

    That being said, Stafford hasn’t missed a snap with his broken finger

    Sorry guys theres always next year

  40. thridandlong says: Nov 20, 2011 10:45 PM

    The Bears were starting to find their groove, and then this….5 wins is a row !

    Bummer.

    Soft, not even. Cutler broke his finger making a tackle after a pass where Knox slipped and fell.
    Cutler made they tackle, unlike Stafford of the Lions against the Bears last week, where Stafford throws an interception, runs the other way and home to mommy !

  41. richm2256 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:46 PM

    Sorry, I thoughtHanie showed tons more guts – an talent! – as Cutler did in that playoff game last year.

    Nothing Cutler has shown this year has convinced me he’s all that.

  42. trevor123698 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:47 PM

    Personally I thought Hanie looked great when he came in last years NFC championship against a great defense. I have no doubt they’ll get to ten wins with that schedule, and that defense. From there it will be difficult to adjust back to Cutler, but The bears to win the Super Bowl might be a great long shot bet.

  43. dvdman123 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:49 PM

    Sorry but the Bears are not going to have any chance of making the playoffs if Cutler is out. The Bears defense is just not that good to carry them. They will be lucky to win 1 more game without Cutler.

  44. biz518 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:54 PM

    time to call warner or favre

  45. ducesblackshirt says: Nov 20, 2011 10:55 PM

    His thumb is broke but it will heal, unlike Detroit which is broke and will never come back.

  46. nfcnorth2011 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:57 PM

    Da Bears do what they do best make excuses for their season. The Pack lost 16 players last year and won it all. The bears D is strong and so is their running game. They can still make it to the playoffs.

  47. jamezz23 says: Nov 20, 2011 10:59 PM

    I guess thats karma for all the bear fans. You know how many times ive herd them call Stafford a China doll last and this year. How Peppers was going to hurt Stafford again this year and they are going to laugh,

    #karmaisayouknowwhat

  48. stairwayto7 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:02 PM

    Hanie should have beaten the Packers last season if not for fat a$$ Raji (by the way I heard nothing from Raji all season). If Hanie beats the Raiders watch out for the crying in the bay area…

  49. brock0bomber says: Nov 20, 2011 11:04 PM

    As a Lions fan, I know all too well how it feels to see your QB go down.

    I literally hold my breath every time Matthew Stafford gets hit.

    Bears fans, please place all of the blame on this guy:

    adirtyplayernamedsue says: Nov 20, 2011 4:38 PM

    That girl that plays QB for the lionesses, sure does suck. I hope they beat the packers though, to help my bears out. Even if they do, they will still finish third in the NFC north. GO BEARS!!

    This guy is a total tool…

    Hope to see you (and Cutler) in Ford Field for the tiebreaker in January!

  50. darthhitman77 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:05 PM

    Everyone talking about Hanie playing well in the NFCCG last season ALSO needs to realize A. Packers didn’t game plan for Hanie and B. Packers will clock killing damn near the entire 2nd half. BIG DIFFERENCE between coming in for the 2nd half of a game and trying to save a season over 6 weeks people. No excuses Bears fans, Stafford, Hill, Best and Kevin Smith going down last year wasn’t a valid reason for 6 wins and a 2-10 start for the Lions. As for Stafford being soft, last 2 seasons Cutler has watched the final snaps from the sideline himself. For XMas, I’ll send all you Bears fans some tissue, you’re gonna need it

  51. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    Could be worse…Mark Sanchez could be your backup.

  52. chetwynnr says: Nov 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    I wonder if they have Brett Favre’s number on speed dial?

  53. thejokewriter says: Nov 20, 2011 11:07 PM

    The only ones who really know if Hanie can do it are Ebb and Miiiister Douuuuglasssss. Too obscure a reference?

  54. drtanap says: Nov 20, 2011 11:07 PM

    Even as a fan of the “evil” Lions, hate to see Cutler hurt. He was really on fire lately.

    They still have very good shot at Wild Card. The Lions schedule is much tougher over the last 6 and includes the Saints in New Orleans, Green Bay twice and Oakland in CA.

  55. spellingcops says: Nov 20, 2011 11:08 PM

    Bears could trade for Orton…

  56. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    Dagger.

  57. bearsfan24 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    This is bad, if he is out Bears are finished. Hanie isnt the one. To those with the Favre comments I personally wouldnt want a superbowl with him as QB. He could never be a Bear. Jay is the toughest QB in the league without him were done that is reality.

  58. cardiaccats says: Nov 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    Wow I thought stafford was fragile. Best of luck stinks when injuries kill a season. They need to change the trade deadline. How would Kyle Orton look now

  59. oggreengold says: Nov 20, 2011 11:10 PM

    no matter who the qb is in chicago. da bears still suck

  60. cannonballdookie says: Nov 20, 2011 11:11 PM

    Bummer for Chicago but doesn’t this type of thing happen to Roethlisberger every other week and he plays through it?

  61. pdxpanther says: Nov 20, 2011 11:12 PM

    Some ask Maurice Jones-Drew what he thinks. I need to know!!!!

  62. scytherius says: Nov 20, 2011 11:12 PM

    This Packer fan REALLY hates to see that. Cutler was coming alive and has been one tough SOB this season. Damn. That sucks.

  63. metalhead65 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:13 PM

    and cue the he is not tough enough morons who think he should play through it. yea it is easy to grip the ball without the use of your thumb. I hope you morons enjoy it knowing that his injury is the only reason the bears won’t win it all this year.

  64. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:13 PM

    Actually the stafford-dj Moore incident was caused by Stafford trying make a tackle on an interception…..while he had a broken finger
    330yards….5tds…..broken finger

    Nice try tho

  65. theprofesser says: Nov 20, 2011 11:13 PM

    So much for the Bears stopping the Pack

  66. thridandlong says: Nov 20, 2011 11:14 PM

    Chicago QB Stats 2011 NFC Championship game:

    Chicago C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT NFL RATING
    Hanie 13/20 153 7.7 1 2 65.2
    Cutler 6/14 80 5.7 0 1 31.8

    We still may be a in a position for a wild card birth.

    Hanie is a year wiser and versed, I am not ruling the Bears out of it quite yet.

  67. fruityromo says: Nov 20, 2011 11:14 PM

    There’s always next year Jay Jay. Who’s fault was this? You are always looking for someone to blame. Who’s fault was this?

  68. phazard says: Nov 20, 2011 11:14 PM

    If i were Matt Forte, NOW i would refuse to play until i got a new contract. He’s their only hope.

  69. mcdeez22 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:15 PM

    David Garrard’s phone is about to ring…

  70. kevpft says: Nov 20, 2011 11:17 PM

    This has to be one of the most injury-ruined seasons in memory. We’ve already seen entire teams’ seasons trashed – see Indy, STL, KC – and in back-to-back weeks, we now have potentially Super-Bowl-bound franchise QBs (Schaub, Cutler) down for the rest of the regular season, at least.

    It’s ruining some really interesting storylines, running promising teams from last year into the ground, and taking away a lot of late-season drama. I don’t consider “will a team’s backup QB barely get the team into the playoffs, then lose” to be meaningful drama.

    Here’s hoping Cutler comes back while there’s still hope for the team, and that next year we see a lot less of this junk.

  71. donnybighorn says: Nov 20, 2011 11:19 PM

    jay cutler is far from the toughest qb in the league c mon MAN

  72. trbowman says: Nov 20, 2011 11:23 PM

    Martz hates Hanie, wouldn’t be surprised if Enderle got a shot.

  73. trbowman says: Nov 20, 2011 11:27 PM

    The Bears weren’t winning a Super Bowl with Cutler. Cutler was actually outplayed by Hanie in the NFC Championship game.

  74. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 20, 2011 11:28 PM

    I’m sure Bears fans really won’t miss him that much.

  75. trbowman says: Nov 20, 2011 11:30 PM

    “Wow I thought stafford was fragile. Best of luck stinks when injuries kill a season. They need to change the trade deadline. How would Kyle Orton look now”

    I’d rather have Hanie than Orton

  76. bearfan85 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:31 PM

    [quote]
    bearsfan24 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    This is bad, if he is out Bears are finished. Hanie isnt the one. To those with the Favre comments I personally wouldnt want a superbowl with him as QB. He could never be a Bear. Jay is the toughest QB in the league without him were done that is reality.
    [/quote]

    I would have loved to have Favre in CHI in his prime, even with the whole green-jersey stigma. He was a beast. Now he’s washed up; what’s the point? If your goal is to try to scramble and fail, and throw interceptions after bad reads, we’re already paying Hanie for that. I’m not totally sold on Cutler yet, but we’re done without him. Holding out hope that it’ll just be a nasty sprain rather than a break, and that he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.

  77. howiehandles says: Nov 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    Stafford throws a pick, runs towards ref, watching while db runs past him.

    Cutler runs to make a tackle, with 3 guys trying to block him, saving a TD.

    That’s who I want as my qb.

    A fracture and a break are not synonymous.

  78. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Nov 20, 2011 11:41 PM

    RAIDER NATION

  79. mmmpierogi says: Nov 20, 2011 11:41 PM

    bearsfan24 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    Jay is the toughest QB in the league …

    ********************************************************

    Nothing at all against Cutler, but you were kidding on this one a little, right?

  80. grogansneck says: Nov 20, 2011 11:46 PM

    What headline will Fox make up now?
    “Cutler: Why can’t he play with just four fingers?”

  81. gunner1970 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:48 PM

    McNabb is available!

  82. raider23mike says: Nov 20, 2011 11:48 PM

    Thank You SAN DIEGO.

    Raiders 7-4 after next Sunday…

    8-4 a week later after eating the Dolphins..

    The then 4 win streak takes Oakland to GB.. Where the Raiders are about to introduce Rodgers with a ton of Man-to-Man Defense and a big physical D-Line.

    Raiders snap the Packers streak.

  83. ducksnbears says: Nov 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    Wow, Lots of Bears haters out tonight. True Bears fans know this is only a minor set back. Hanie can keep The Bears in the game against the remaining schedule until Cutler gets better and then it’s playoff time.

  84. raidermanrock says: Nov 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    in 3,2,1, cue the raiders defense.the bears aren’t getting out of oakland with a win sorry bears fans GO RAIDERS BABY

  85. diggittey says: Nov 21, 2011 12:00 AM

    At this point its all speculative and for now Cutler hasnt missed anytime. I do think that Caleb is capable enough to manage the team to 3 wins hopefully 4. As for Lions fans commenting on this post…Matthew Stafford is injury prone–its not opinion -its fact. Your team has not won anything–your qb has not won anything –WIN SOMETHING and then run your smack! gz!

  86. mineallmine001 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:00 AM

    I enjoy watching the bears get beaten like a rented mule.

    Not as fun when they have excuses because of injuries.

    Maybe the bears can bring in Brent.

  87. bigboi30 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:08 AM

    First the Bears wont make the playoffs, even if the Cutler. He and Forte were cr*p last week in Detroit. The Bear D and Hester won that game. The Bear D didnt even have to work hard. Stafford threw the picks right to them. ,utler is what he alway was, soft and scared. What did Stafford and his broken finger do today? Only drop 49 points. And he did it without one TD pass to Megatron. So much for your pathetic theory that the Lions cant do anythimg without Megatron.
    Lets be real here. Bears in the playoffs, never was going to happen. Even if the twilite zone happened and they did get in, they would of done what they do best. CHOKE

  88. chris6523 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:12 AM

    The bears remaining schedule is one sure playoff team (Pack), one likely playoff team (Raiders), and four stiffs.

    Cutler was a huge part of the Bears recent run, but they are good enough to win four of their remaining six games. 11-5 likely gets them in the playoffs.

  89. primetime0552 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:13 AM

    @diggittety..what exactly had Cutler won?? Only Bears fans think he is a better qb than Stafford. Numbers don’t lie. stafford also doesn’t go to the media and throw teammates under the bus.

  90. troybulletinboard says: Nov 21, 2011 12:21 AM

    this is rough and we’ll prob be underdogs this week- but i don’t see how we can’t still win. be a game-manager. a lot of hester screens, slants, and about 35 touches a game for forte. we can’t beat 3 afc west teams? two of which have lost their qbs this season too?? throw in minnesota, and we should be able to win 3 of those 4. our defense and running is what was going to win these next games anyways, they just have a lower margin for error now. STEP UP.

  91. diggittey says: Nov 21, 2011 12:33 AM

    Well, he won the division last year and he certainly has won a lot more games than stafford. I dont know what youre referring to as far as throwing under players under the bus but Cutler has remained team oriented even while his offensive line was putting his career in jeapordy the last few years. Stafford and shwartz were blaming his finger and the wind. Be that as it may if you can honestly tell yourself that you believe the Lions are better and Stafford is not injury prone and fragile you are what I like to call FOOTBALL STUPID.

  92. doe22us says: Nov 21, 2011 12:34 AM

    Not all broken thumbs are created equal, Ben may have had a clean hairline fracture and Cutler may have had his thumb shattered in multiple places. If you are not privy to the medical details dont spout ignorant statements that so Ben broke his thumb, but he still played.

  93. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:41 AM

  94. diggittey says: Nov 21, 2011 12:44 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 20, 2011 10:46 PM
    Sorry, I thoughtHanie showed tons more guts – an talent! – as Cutler did in that playoff game last year.

    Nothing Cutler has shown this year has convinced me he’s all that.

    MORE TALENT? REALLY? –FOOTBALL STUPID!

  95. frank booth says: Nov 21, 2011 12:44 AM

    primetime0552 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:13 AM
    @diggittety..what exactly had Cutler won?? Only Bears fans think he is a better qb than Stafford. Numbers don’t lie. stafford also doesn’t go to the media and throw teammates under the bus.
    ===================================
    Which teammates has Cutler been throwing under the bus?

    Lions fans: Stop yapping about Stafford playing with a broken finger while Cutler may have to have surgery on a broken thumb. Two different things, and obviously if it needs surgery, it’s serious- breaks occur in different areas and the severity and mobility differs- anyone who follows football seriously and has half of a brain can figure this out.

    And really, let’s stop deifying Stafford as the big tough guy. In 3 years out of a potential 42 starts, he’s missed 19 games due to injury. Cutler, out of 79 potential starts, has missed 1 game.

  96. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 21, 2011 12:45 AM

    Unless you have “MD” after your name and have access to both players’ medical records/x-ray’s/ MRI’s/etc, you should probably refrain from comparing Stafford and Cutler’s broken thumbs- because it makes you look like an idiot.
    As for Cutler being soft, are you kidding me? The dude gets mauled on a regular basis trying to play behind Chicago’s O-Line. Cutler has been sacked 4,5,6 times in a game and keeps getting back up. Those of you making fun of Cutler being a wuss crack me up.If you got hit by a Jared Allen or Clay Matthews even one time…you’d piss your pants-curl up in the fetal position-and cry for your mommy

  97. shorttracknews says: Nov 21, 2011 12:53 AM

    Still lots of football to be played. Everyone has their favorite team and Atlanta, Dallas, NY, Detroit etc. fans will all come here saying the Bears are doomed when it comes to making the playoffs now. If people look at it realistically the only stiff competition they face on the schedule is the Packers and (maybe) the Raiders. Raiders don’t impress me that much. Had a tough time beating the Vikings today without A.P. in the lineup. Broncos, Chiefs, Seahawks and Vikings are either .500 teams or worse. Best case scenario they go 5-1 and lose to the Packers. Realistically they go 4-2 and worst case they go 3-3. Pretty sure a 11-5 gets them in.

  98. paytonsghost34 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:02 AM

    Ten wins probably gets the Bears a wild card, and 11 is more or less a guaranteed thing. As it stands they have seven wins, and three games where they will be favorites with or without Cutler (Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, Minnesota).

    They are not winning the division with or without Cutler at this point, so that is a non factor. The Bears should end up with the 5th or 6th seed, giving them a game at NY/DAL (in the case of the 5th seed) or NO (in the case of the 6th seed).

    They are a game ahead of Atlanta and have the tie breaker. Atlanta also has to travel to New Orleans.

    Detroit is tied with the Bears, and they have two games against Green Bay, one against New Orleans, one against San Diego, and one against Oakland.

    The Giants and Cowboys have two games against each other from here on out, and they are each a game behind the Bears, making it unlikely that the team that fails to win their division makes the post season. If the loser gets swept that puts them three games behind the Bears.

  99. hellswitch says: Nov 21, 2011 1:04 AM

    I can’t stand Cutler but hate to see a guy blow his thumb out on his throwing had… The Bears have been making it interesting this year.

  100. hellswitch says: Nov 21, 2011 1:05 AM

    * “Hand” even…..

  101. ray0414 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:08 AM

    This is for all the bears fans that have been saying all year its only a matter of time before STAFFORD is hurt and out the rest of the year and on IR. guess its YOUR QB this time that gets hurt! without cutler the bears go nowhere just like the lions go nowhere without stafford.

  102. 40thstreetblack says: Nov 21, 2011 1:26 AM

    Listen, it’s nice that the Lions are relevant for a change but you Lions fans are getting to carried away with all talk. Detroit as a franchise doesn’t compare to Chicago period…not in the past, present, or future. You guys should worry about your teams health and schedule not da Bears…but this is what happens when knuckleheads get a taste of success. Hey Detroit! Win a playoff game first, hell make the playoffs first before you start bumpin your gums.

  103. boilerup1869 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:32 AM

    We bears fans can at least take some relief in knowing that there is 0% chance that Todd Collins will have any impact on our season this time.

  104. juniorak715 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:36 AM

    Lions fans are about as pathetic as their crap city. You guys aren’t making the playoffs this year or ever. Hanie will get the Bears through this till the playoffs where Cutler will lead us again. The Lions are a garbage a$$ whiny team lead by a loser coach. You’re whole city is a cesspool

  105. southsidebears says: Nov 21, 2011 1:38 AM

    primetime0552 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:13 AM

    @diggittety..what exactly had Cutler won?? Only Bears fans think he is a better qb than Stafford. Numbers don’t lie. stafford also doesn’t go to the media and throw teammates under the bus.

    @primetime….Cutler has NEVER throw a teammate under a bus. Even when his OL was getting him sacked 10 times a game and his WR’s were running the wrong routes…..he never said a word! So quite yappin’ unless you can back it up.

    And Cutler did bring his team to the NFC Championship last year. It’s something. Unlike Stafford who has never won anything and is only hoping to guide his team to a wild card this year (which I have might doubts about…good luck beating GB twice and NO and OAK)

  106. asublimeday says: Nov 21, 2011 1:40 AM

    Actually the stafford-dj Moore incident was caused by Stafford trying make a tackle on an interception…..while he had a broken finger
    330yards….5tds…..broken finger

    Nice try tho
    ——-

    Against the PANTHERS.

    Thanks for playing.

  107. asublimeday says: Nov 21, 2011 1:44 AM

    Big praise goes to the few packer fans that have been classy in their comments. Other than that, all I’ve seen is typical trolling trash.

    Cutler is tough, the bears are still legit. Here’s to a fun race down the stretch. And here’s hoping whatever is going wrong in your lives that makes you come on here and throw tantrums gets resolved.

  108. goawayeverybody says: Nov 21, 2011 2:25 AM

    Even though I’m not a Bears fan I was beginning to enjoy watching them play mainly because it’s very entertaining to see Jay Cutler run for his life and yet make at least three unbelievable throws per game. I honestly don’t know how the Bears will survive without him. If they can somehow scratch out three more victories they will be fine, but their defense will have to do even more.

  109. tone360 says: Nov 21, 2011 2:39 AM

    Some of the classiest comments by Packer fans. No one wants to be a team without it’s starters and only scumbags cheer injuries. Time to Bear down. My hats’ off to the packer fan’s who show class on these comment boards. To those who take joy out of injuries, you need to take a step back.

  110. frank booth says: Nov 21, 2011 2:41 AM

    bigboi30 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:08 AM
    First the Bears wont make the playoffs, even if the Cutler. He and Forte were cr*p last week in Detroit. The Bear D and Hester won that game. The Bear D didnt even have to work hard. Stafford threw the picks right to them. ,utler is what he alway was, soft and scared. What did Stafford and his broken finger do today? Only drop 49 points. And he did it without one TD pass to Megatron. So much for your pathetic theory that the Lions cant do anythimg without Megatron.
    Lets be real here. Bears in the playoffs, never was going to happen. Even if the twilite zone happened and they did get in, they would of done what they do best. CHOKE
    ===================================
    Why don’t you tell us how Cutler was soft and scared- you’d say that after your QB threw 4 picks and then whined about his finger as an excuse?

    Who had the “pathetic” theory that the Lions can’t do it without Megatron? Are you aware that Megatron led the team in receiving yards for the game?

    Are you aware that your team gave up more points to 2-7 Carolina than any other team has this year?

    As far as being chokers, why don’t you explain that one to me. As for the Lions, I can’t call them chokers, since they typically haven’t been good enough to choke.

    Which Lions’ Super Bowl appearance was your favorite?

    Pretty daring prediction of the Bears not making the playoffs now that their QB is out. That’s impressive.

  111. tone360 says: Nov 21, 2011 2:44 AM

    Don’t even start the favre rumors. I’d rather stick it out with “OUR” guys. GO BEARS!

  112. jcdavey2011 says: Nov 21, 2011 3:32 AM

    charger fan here, sorry about that bears

    anyway, hey! Jay showed some guts going back in there injured, looks like he has truly turned the corner in his career

    hope rivers comes back from hell soon

  113. snarkzilla says: Nov 21, 2011 3:49 AM

    >No NFL fan wants to see a franchise QB go down.

    Check the Lions fans blogs. They’ll be disappointed if Rodgers finishes the game Thursday.

  114. snarkzilla says: Nov 21, 2011 3:55 AM

    >doesn’t this type of thing happen to Roethlisberger every other week and he plays through it?

    What happens every couple weeks is Big Ben claims to be injured worse than he really is. A sore thumb becomes a broken thumb, etc. He’s a total dbag.

  115. denverdude7 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:31 AM

    Bears Fan,

    Deep down, you knew Cutler getting injured was inevitable. The swiss cheese offensive line virtually guaranteed it. Forte getting injured is also inevitable.

    Even if the Bears do make the playoffs the only thing that will do is guarantee a much lower draft pick in 2012.

    Bring Orton back. It won’t cost you much and could possibly save your season. Without a true starting QB the Bad News Bears are done.

  116. rtmus53 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:51 AM

    stairwayto7 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:02 PM

    Hanie should have beaten the Packers last season if not for fat a$$ Raji (by the way I heard nothing from Raji all season). If Hanie beats the Raiders watch out for the crying in the bay area…

    Stairwell: we ALL know if anyone knows about “crying, you set the gold standard. Still squalling about the Packers winning the Super Bowl 1o months later. Unhealthy obsession,no?

  117. JSpicoli says: Nov 21, 2011 5:10 AM

    Somebody reserve a masseuse for Haney for next Sunday night in OAK.

  118. bcar1023 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:03 AM

    Don’t worry fans of Chicago. The Cubs have you well conditioned for the free fall that is about to take place. I’m sure members of the Bears are already questioning Cutlers “toughness”. When has a QB ever been able to “fill in” in a Martz offense? It takes them 6 weeks just to learn how to stay upright more than half the game.

  119. jharmon64 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:55 AM

    Mark Bulger anyone?

  120. comeonnowguys says: Nov 21, 2011 7:11 AM

    Some fan bases get awfully saucy for having to come back against a crap Panthers team.

  121. haywoodjablomee says: Nov 21, 2011 7:14 AM

    Hey, is it still time to “suck for Luck”?

  122. juniorak715 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:23 AM

    Anyone who thinks Cutler isn’t a top tier NFL QB is a terrible football fan.

  123. beamncoke says: Nov 21, 2011 7:27 AM

    These Bears fans criticizing Stafford for throwing a pick and not going for a tackle are the same fans who cried about Stafford tackling D.J. Moore too hard and ripping Moore’s helmet off.

  124. steviekthr3e says: Nov 21, 2011 7:35 AM

    Raiders played Peterson-less Vikings and now Cutler-less Bears…

    ..IF they get the win next week I hope these victories don’t go to their heads….

    Too bad for Chi-town they were hot.

  125. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:38 AM

    At least bears fans have something legitimate to cry about now

  126. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:44 AM

    Diggetty-
    So your saying the lions are 0-10?

  127. bamalion3 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:09 AM

    From a Lion– Get well soon Jay.
    Would love to see this guy come back for a NFC Wild Card game against the Lions. For the record: Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler are both studs and tough as nails.

  128. robskidoo says: Nov 21, 2011 8:17 AM

    FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE, FAVRE

  129. gb4mn0 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:19 AM

    Tough break for one of the great franchises.

    Keep your heads up!

    Remember what Jeff Hostetler did for the GMen in 1990.

  130. rangersleadtheway says: Nov 21, 2011 8:33 AM

    steviekthr3e says:
    Nov 21, 2011 7:35 AM
    Raiders played Peterson-less Vikings and now Cutler-less Bears…

    ..IF they get the win next week I hope these victories don’t go to their heads….

    Too bad for Chi-town they were hot.

    ——————————————-

    um, maybe you should re-examine what is going to your head. As Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football said “Raiders 4-1 on the road is amazing, this team has been DECIMATED with Injuries”.. Try losing one of our best pass rushers to IR in pre season, two starting corners, Michael Huff, starting safety, Seymour a late scratch, Lamar Houston banged up, our starting QB in campbell which cost us three games getting Palmer in and up to speed, and of course at the time the LEADING rusher in the NFL in McFadden… dont even start with Raiders being lucky with the Injuries.

  131. thedisbackindtown says: Nov 21, 2011 8:44 AM

    I am sorry Bears fans…time to look in the mirror. Quit with the who is tougher Cutler or Stafford. Because i am pretty sure its very obvious who is the better QB. You can not crown a guy just because his defense got him to the NFC championship game and then quit on his team because he was hurt. I seen Brett Favre play all year with a broken thumb and actually statistically have a great year. The Bears offense is not that good. Their defense wins games… its been happening since 1985. They have not had an offense since Walter…

  132. asublimeday says: Nov 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    Don’t worry fans of Chicago. The Cubs have you well conditioned for the free fall that is about to take place. I’m sure members of the Bears are already questioning Cutlers “toughness”. When has a QB ever been able to “fill in” in a Martz offense? It takes them 6 weeks just to learn how to stay upright more than half the game.

    ——-
    Um, Kurt Warner!

  133. comeonnowguys says: Nov 21, 2011 9:04 AM

    “Quit with the who is tougher Cutler or Stafford. Because i am pretty sure its very obvious who is the better QB. ”

    You’re absolutely right. It’s Cutler.

    Put Stafford on the Bears and see how well he does. Heck, look what happens when Calvin Johnson is taken out of the game, like the Bears did last week.

  134. 46defense says: Nov 21, 2011 9:19 AM

    Why do people keep saying “the Bears and Lions will see each other in the wild card game”?

    This is impossible. If both are wild card teams, they will be a 5 and a 6 seed. 5 plays the 4 seed, and 6 plays the 3 seed.

    Wildcard teams wouldn’t play each other until the NFC title game.

  135. mute617 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:20 AM

    A huge drop off to Hanie? Didn’t he come in and look really good in the NFC Championship game? Granted the Packers prepped for Cutler and got Hanie so it’s not what they expected, but he still gave life to the Bears offense. Sure teams can prep for Hanie now, but I still think the Bears are in a better QB position without Cutler than teams like Seattle, Houston, KC, and even Buffalo what with Fitz being an awful 2nd half of the season QB.

  136. gor76 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:41 AM

    If it were a Chunk from the Goonies look-a-like contest, I would definitely take Stafford over Cutler.

  137. juniorak715 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:49 AM

    Do all you people not understand that there’s differences in peoples broken fingers? It depends on where the break is….if its high in the thumb…. if it’s low in the thumb… if you can still be mobile with it. it’s not as cut and dry as some of you so-called doctors say it is. Just because Stafford and Rothlisberger edit broken thumbs that they can play with doesn’t it mean Cutler does. So quit trying to act like you all are smart because you’re not. Cutler is 1 million times tougher than any of you fat lazy slobs sitting on your couches

  138. gallopingghost says: Nov 21, 2011 9:50 AM

    Let me be the first to express confidence in Caleb Hanie. Dude has always been impressive in the preseason and got real playing time in the NFCC last year against one of the best D’s he’s likely to see. He’s pretty mobile, accurate, and smart… goes back to the game manager. Always expected Cutler to have a regression game @ DEN, having a backup in there isn’t much different than Jay throwing 4 picks(happens once a year). The strength of our team has always been defense and the ground game.

    I’m worried about the Raiders who will be able to eat a lot of clock and frustrate Caleb with a great pass rush. But beyond that, KC at home, @ DEN, Seattle at home…. I expect wins in all of those games. If we only win 2 of them though, we might be able to hang on with a 10th win @ GB (merry christmas) or @ MIN.

    So it’s basically the same 10 or 11 wins I expected in preseason. I Keep in mind we have tiebreakers over ATL & PHI, although it will most likely be the Cowboys biting our heels. Oh yea, premature reports mean nothing. Cutler
    s 6-8 weeks could end up being 3-4. We’ll know at noon.

    @asublimeday… you beat me to the layup

  139. berbes says: Nov 21, 2011 12:47 PM

    the fact is, the bears have ZERO chance with hanie.

    i know he’s hated, but what a great show it’d be with FAVRE getting that hollywood chance to lead one more time…

    yea yea, i know.

  140. primetime0552 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:04 PM

    Cutler did throw his offensive line under the bus in a press conference earlier this season. I believe it was after the first Detroit game. He also threw Brandon Marshall under the bus in Denver. I’m not saying he wasn’t justified in both instances, but thats not what your Qb/leader should be doing publicly…..

  141. primetime0552 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:13 PM

    Stafford is the youngest Qb in NFL history to have two 5 touchdown games…The Bears season is going to be fine. Cutler is not what makes this team win. Forte, Hester, and the defense wins he Bears games. Cutler isn’t an elite quarterback(neither is stafford) yet. I am pretty sure 95% of all fans(minus bears fans) would take Stafford over Cutler. Bears will still be fighting for a playoff spot because Cutler isn’t the key to their success. That’s a fact!!

  142. spacincasen says: Nov 21, 2011 1:36 PM

    Lions fans are embarrassing themselves on these comment boards. Are they aware that Detroit just got decimated by Chicago last week? Better yet, are they even aware that the Lions haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years? If I were them I would just keep your mouth shut until they actually have something to say…

    In the meantime, Bears should have no problem relying on defense and special teams to hopefully eek out another 3 or 4 wins until Jay gets back. They are far from a one-trick pony. Forte, Urlacher, Peppers, Briggs, Tillman, and Hester will keep the Bears competitive until Cutler returns, no doubt about that.

  143. comeonnowguys says: Nov 22, 2011 2:06 AM

    “Cutler did throw his offensive line under the bus in a press conference earlier this season. I believe it was after the first Detroit game. He also threw Brandon Marshall under the bus in Denver. I’m not saying he wasn’t justified in both instances, but thats not what your Qb/leader should be doing publicly…..”

    I mean this as neutrally as possible: Link it.

  144. comeonnowguys says: Nov 22, 2011 2:11 AM

    And can we please stop with the “Hanie was awesome in the NFC Title Game?”

    I like the kid, but let’s not rewrite history. He made it interesting, but then he helped drive the remaining nails into the coffin.

  145. tomsd1 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:27 AM

    Chicago should be grateful to have a QB with some fire and guts. And if you had DA Bares O line getting you killed every week – you might make a comment about that once in a while too, as well as what a dummy your O coordinator has been for getting you killed.

    Before Cutler came to Chicago – what had the Bares done for the prior 10 years? Nada.

  146. tomsd1 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:29 AM

    BTW – Hanie Who? will get killed by the Raiders pass rush and you can make book on that. :)

  147. vickspuppy says: Nov 22, 2011 11:15 AM

    There’s no way Cutler plays again this year. You don’t have a cast removed and start throwing a football immediately. It takes a week or two to get the ligaments stretched so you can grip the ball.

    Duh Bears were looking like a good story but they’re on their way out of the race. Atlanta will take the 6th playoff spot.

  148. doesanyonehavecommonsense says: Nov 22, 2011 12:12 PM

    So that also means the Lucky falcons will get to play the packers. which is nice because last game was a good one between the two. Then falcons can pull the upset this time maybe and meet the Bears for a rematch :)… but again in soldier :P

  149. 12greaterthan4 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    Chicago QB Stats 2011 NFC Championship game:

    Chicago C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT NFL RATING
    Hanie 13/20 153 7.7 1 2 65.2
    Cutler 6/14 80 5.7 0 1 31.8

    We still may be a in a position for a wild card birth.

    Hanie is a year wiser and versed, I am not ruling the Bears out of it quite yet.

    Only an uneducated bears fan would believe that Hanies stats were good in the NFC championship game.

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