Cutler out-duels Vick as Bears win
In the last several weeks, talk of the NFL has been dominated by the resurgence of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. However, when the Eagles played Chicago Bears on Sunday, it was another signal caller that stole the show. Jay Cutler threw for 247 yards and completed four touchdown passes to lead the Bears to a 31-26 win and into first place in the NFC North.
The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Eagles, who at 7-4 are currently tied atop the NFC East standings with the New York Giants, who beat the Jacksonville Jaguars to move into the tie.
The turning point came late in the second quarter when Vick, who had yet to throw an interception this season, had his first pass picked off at the most inopportune time. With the Eagles trailing 14-13 and near the Bears end zone, Vick's pass was intercepted by Chris Harris. Chicago then took the ball down the field to score a touchdown to go ahead 21-13 at halftime.
Chicago extended the lead to 31-13 on a Robbie Gould field goal in the third quarter, which proved to be too big of a deficit for Philadelphia to overcome. Though it was a big win, Cutler knows the team cannot dwell on it.
"The true test in this league is consistency, especially in November and December, whether it's third downs, red zone, turnovers or winning ballgames," Cutler told the Associated Press. "We just have to keep going."
It is a big win for the Bears, who had yet to earn the respect of many in the football world despite having one of the best records in either conference. The 31 points was the most Chicago had scored all season, and Matt Forte ran for 117 yards, his second highest total of the season.