The Chicago Bears (7-3) won their fifth-straight as they defeated the San Diego Chargers (4-6) 31-20 but with the win, comes a huge loss as Jay Cutler is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb that he suffered during the fourth quarter as he was taking down by Chargers linebacker Donald Butler after throwing an interception.
Cutler will need surgery and recovery time is 6-8 weeks.
The news definitely comes at a bad time as the Bears have been playing their best football of the season and seemed poised to make a run at a wild card berth.
While the coverage below will be centered around the gloom and timing of Cutler's injury, we at EOC are going to remain positive and cross fingers and toes that Caleb Haney can step in and provide the spark necessary to keep the Bears streaking.
Huge props to DaBears619x for the highlights
Dan Pompei wrote how the play of receivers Johnny Knox and Roy Williams gives the Bears more weapons outside of Earl Bennett. Pompei also wrote how Sunday showed how the Bears need Cutler more than ever. David Haugh wrote how Cutler saved the Bears 6 points on Sunday and asks can they save their season minus him.
Our colleagues over at The Bears huddle posted a great video and column that showed Jay Cutler's thumb injury could have came in the second quarter and not in the fourth as reported.
Melissa Isaacson writes how Cutler's injury could derail the Bears postseason hopes. Jeff Greenberg wrote how Charles Tillman signature play helped salvage what was a tough day at the office. Jeff Dickerson wrote how the Bears secondary showed its depth on Sunday.
Dan Berstein asks can Matt Forte carry the load with Cutler out. Adam Hodge wrote about how the timing of Cutler's injury couldn't have been worse as things were finally starting to click for the much-maligned qb.
Christopher Cason covers the Chicago Bulls for the Examiner.com and freelances for HOOP magazine and contributes to Slamonline.com. He will be providing a look into Chicago sports journalism every Wednesday at Eye on Chi. You can follow him on twitter @C4DUNK.