Jay Cutler left the game but said that he’s ‘fine.’ Josh McCown stepped in but couldn’t turn it around.

Divisional rival games in the NFL are always exciting. But the Sunday’s Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears game was hard to evaluate: good start, sloppy middle and superb finish.

Much was at stake before the game. Lions haven’t won a game in Chicago since 2007. Last time it happened Jon Kitna was the quarterback in Detroit and in control of the offense. However last time both teams met, almost two months ago in week four, the Bears lost 32-40. Cutler had a horrible game then and threw for 3 interceptions and Reggie Bush, Lions’ running back, had a fine day recording 139 yards, his most of this season. Bush said before the game: “We feel like there is some room for us to take advantage of them in the run game.”

Bush performed well again this time around with his second game over 100 yards rushing. That says everything about the Chicago run defense, which was once known as one of the best, ranking now at 26th in the league.

Jay Cutler looked great in the first quarter, slinging it down the field to his receivers and recording 250 yards and one touchdown. However Cutler sustained a groin injury in the second quarter of the game and it showed in his movements. After being sacked by Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on Bears’ third possession, which probably caused the injury, Cutler didn’t put points on the board and played almost to the last minute of his involvement.

Did Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman put Cutler in the game too early? The seven year veteran suffered a groin tear three weeks ago but was cleared for this game. Was that a mistake? Trestman could have taken Cutler out of the game much earlier.

Second string quarterback Josh McCown substitute well for Cutler recording a win last week against the Green Bay Packers and was almost tieing the game against the Lions. McCown recorded 6/9 for 62 yards and one touchdown. Only the two point conversion was denied by Lions Nick Fairley.

Gregg Rosenthal from NFL media wrote: “The Bears were stuffed at the goal line and lost the game, but McCown’s performance and Cutler’s injury will re-ignite sentiment in Chicago that McCown should be starting.

“The discussion could be academic because Cutler might not be ready to play next week. He will undergo tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but had no ice or wrap on his ankle and told NFL Media’s Stacy Dales that he’s ‘fine.’”

With that the Bears are set for an quarterback controversy, if McCown lights it up next week against the Baltimore Ravens. After being fulsomely criticised by Bears fans for not being tough enough – notably after leaving the 2010 NFC Championship Game with an knee injury – the most sacked quarterback in the history of the Bears franchise proved critics wrong and maybe forced himself too early on the field risking another injury setback.

What do you think? Will the Bears miss Cutler in next weeks game against the Ravens?

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