Here are your Week 12 Chicago Bears power rankings from various media outlets from around the web.
ESPN.com: 24 (Last week: 27)
Analysis, “Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions) Sunday. Cutler connected for scores with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall (twice).”
NFL.com: 23 (Last week: 27)
Analysis, “Nice to see the Bears get it together and win in front of the home folk. Unfortunately for them, at 4-6, they still have almost no shot at making any kind of playoff run. I feel OK about typing this kind of blurb for fans in Chicago. After all, they’ve had Jay Cutler as their quarterback for more than five years. They’re used to living with depression.”
Yahoo Sports: 22 (Last week: 25)
Analysis, “Four of the Bears’ last six games are at home. If they can win those, and upset the Lions on the road on Thanksgiving, then go into Week 17 at Minnesota with nine wins … I’m sorry Bears fans, I don’t know why I just did that to you.”
FOX Sports: 23 (Last week: 28)
Analysis, “The Bears showed some signs of life and even looked like the 2013 version of their offense on several drives against the Vikings.”
CBS Sports: 21 (Last week: 24)
Analysis, “It’s funny what Jay Cutler can do when the defense can actually make stops. Of course, that’s never mentioned.”
Best ranking: CBS Sports (21)
Worst ranking: ESPN (24)
Quote of The Day
Jay Cutler gets a penalty for simply being Jay Cutler (ESPN Chicago).
Cutler was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Bears’ first drive of the game as he spiked the ball in frustration. He believed he had spiked the ball after a false-start penalty, but that didn’t end up being the case.
“I’ll tell you what happened: We’re getting up to the line, and we’ve got a call coming in. So we’re trying to hurry it up. He’s holding the ball and he’s not letting us snap it because he says we substituted,” Cutler said on Waddle and Silvy on ESPN 1000 Monday. “We didn’t substitute. So I’m yelling at him, ‘We didn’t substitute. Get out of the way,’ in so many words. He didn’t know what I was talking about apparently. So he’s just holding it, holding it, holding it. Finally he gets out of the way. I think we had a false start. So I just pump it into the ground, get out of the way. It’s over. And then this dude over here threw the flag.”
He continued: “So I look at him, and I’m like, ‘What’s the problem here? What do you want me to do? Every other quarterback throws it into the ground.’ Then he came and apologized and said he shouldn’t have held it, that we didn’t substitute. I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I told you that.’ I was like, ‘What’s the penalty for?’ He just walked off. I was like, ‘All right, well, good talk.'”
Clearly Cutler’s argument with the referee ended up as something more in his head and the legend of cranky Jay continues on. Sounds like the referee made the call, but clearly didn’t have much to back it up with as he walked away from Cutler after apologizing.
This is a case of getting a penalty because you’re simply Jay Cutler. Sounds ridiculous, but it happened in Sunday’s win.
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