The loss to the Texans was bad; losing Jay Cutler could be worse. The Bears lost a defensive slug-fest Sunday night to the Texans 13-6, committing 4 turnovers and not scoring a touchdown. They were stifled all night by the Texans’ defense, who picked off Jay Cutler twice and recovered two fumbles. Those turnovers often came on promising drives or field position, demoralizing the team and the crowd alike. While the Bears defense stepped up once again, forcing two turnovers and being victimized by a questionable ruling that took away a pick-six, the offense sputtered and could be in serious trouble. Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game in the second quarter due to a concussion, and was unable to return for the second half. While Jason Campbell did not play terribly, he did not do nearly enough to lead the Bears to a win.
The game was very sloppily played on both sides. It started off with the Texans forcing a punt before forcing a fumble by Kellen Davis, which led to a Texans field goal. The Bears responded on a 51 yard field goal by Robbie Gould, but after trading interceptions the Texans were the ones who cashed in in the second quarter, as Arian Foster caught a two yard touchdown with less than 5 minutes remaining in the half. With Cutler being hurt and Matt Forte struggling, the Bears defense could not get anything going for the rest of the game. Gould kicked another field goal later in the game to make it 10-6, but hit the left upright on a 48 yard try that would have cut Houston’s lead to one. Houston added another field goal and Brandon Marshall dropped a would be touchdown in the end zone, and the Bears never threatened again. Their last ditch drive stumbled and resulted in a turnover on downs, and the game was over.
It will be vital to the Bears that they get Cutler back sooner than later, as they travel to San Francisco on Monday night in another elite showdown of two of the top NFC teams. With Alex Smith also concussed on Sunday, we could see a Colin Kaepernick vs Jason Campbell showdown. After seeing what Caleb Hanie did to the Bears’ season last year, Chicago fans will be itching for a Cutler return before their season spirals out of control again. Campbell is certainly a more capable backup quarterback, though, and was simply facing the same defense Cutler was when he went 7-14 for 40 yards and two interceptions in the first half, so there is no reason to panic just yet in the Windy City. Up next is the game against the 49ers on Monday night, and all eyes will be on the quarterback situation for both teams.