Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson tackles Jay Cutler on Sunday… (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune )
Breathe, Bears fans. Just breathe with me.
The Bears may have dropped Sunday night's showdown with the Texans, and they may have again failed to win a game without Jay Cutler, and they may have turned the ball over four times without forcing any fumbles, and Robbie Gould may have missed another field goal, and Arian Foster may be the second straight back to run for 100 yards against the Bears ... and holy hell, that all sounds horrible! Where was I going with that?
Oh right: looking for the bright spot. How about this:
The Bears played a very good team and lost a very close game. They are 7-2 and atop their division. They will play another very good team Monday night, and that team also lost its quarterback on Sunday to a concussion, so no sweat there.
Also, we learned once more what kind of tough SOB we have playing quarterback. The hit Cutler endured would have ended Jim McMahon's season. It would have put Rex Grossman on a stretcher.
The dude finished out the half, and surely would have finished the game if doctors hadn't said otherwise. In fact, he scrambled for an 11-yard gain on the very next play and did not slide. If there is such a thing as "Chicago Bears football," Cutler plays it.
On the other hand, if you want to examine this game for any lasting issues that could derail a Super Bowl run, we saw Tough Jay Cutler only because of Miscalculating (Foolish?) Jay Cutler. He lost track of the line of scrimmage, he held the ball too long and decided to throw too late, and he did it while knowing he would take a hit. That's the area where Cutler must improve: self-damaging risk-taking. He's like Maverick out there, bragging to Ice Man that, yes, he is dangerous. That could be a problem.
Otherwise, let's remember this is only Chicago's second loss of the season, and one that came by a single touchdown against an elite opponent.
The Bears are 7-2. Keep Calm & Carry the Ball.
Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor.
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