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Texans vs Bears: Cutler Concussion Caps Poor Overall Effort by Offense in Loss

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans at Soldier Field on November 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Texans defeated the Bears 13-6.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

I expected to learn more than "they aren't all that great in wet weather" from this game, but really the greatest lesson learned might be that Jason Campbell loves to check down early and often.

We found that out because Jay Cutler took a savage hit in the second quarter and then never came back after the half due to a failed concussion test.

Campbell didn't look very good, but given he came off the pine in horrid weather against a pretty good defense with an offense that had issues with the run (including ditching it way too early) and Cutler was struggling anyway, was it really all that bad?

He needs more practice with the starters, first and foremost. Of course they picked him up for his experience so that he could hop in and the offense wouldn't miss a beat.

Again though, the offense already had, so it's hard to read too much good or bad into his performance.

The offensive line's performance was up and down. For the most part Gabe Carimi took care of J.J. Watt, but then spoiled it, getting called for a badly-timed holding penalty that pushed the Bears way back.

Brandon Marshall had a couple of drops he'd like to have back and the defense dropped a few potential interceptions.

Also, a quick whistle spoiled an interception return for a touchdown by Tim Jennings, who had a pair of picks on the day.

The defense couldn't contain Arian Foster for four quarters, either. 

Ultimately, though, the offense was the biggest issue, as it just never really got going and losing Jay Cutler made it worse.

We'll have to see how bad his concussion is before we know how the next few games can go, especially against the Niners, Vikings and Seahawks, who all have potentially tough defenses.

 

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