The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are preparing for a key NFC North showdown this Sunday at Soldier Field. Among the many storylines heading into the contest, the biggest is no doubt the status of Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.
After sitting out last Monday’s game, Cutler is apparently still not a lock to suit up against the Vikings. Here’s what he had to say in a recent interview with ESPN radio:
“I feel good. We’re going through the process. Met with them Monday morning, the doctor. Got a few more hoops to jump through, so we’ll see how it goes this week.”
Certainly not a statement with a lot of certainty in it.
Right now if I had to pick, I’d say Cutler is going to play. The Bears are a completely different team without him, and while they don’t have to have him out there to win, it will greatly increase their chances.
The Vikings are completely capable of beating the Jason Campbell led Bears (as it looks like most teams are), but with Cutler out there on his A or B game, the Bears would likely handle the Vikings.
Clearly, Chicago is airing on the side of caution here with the team still in comfortable position to make the playoffs, but the reality is that a loss will put them in a tie with Minnesota, and the tie-breaker would go the Vikings. So it’s actually a much bigger game than most thought it would be just a few weeks back.
With plenty of football left to go the Bears must still be cautious with their quarterback. The last thing they want to do is bring him back too early and lose him for the rest of the season. Whatever decision they do decide to make, will greatly impact the outcome of this contest.