With all of the commotion caused by their Week 11 loss and the sudden changes to the offensive line this past week, the Chicago Bears finally received some good news Saturday. Quarterback Jay Cutler was cleared by an independent neurologist, and is expected to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Just like last year, no one realized how important Cutler was to the Bears until he was unable to play, regardless of how great the defense is playing. Fortunately, unlike last season, Cutler is able to come back and continue to help Chicago make the postseason.
As happy as Bears fans are to hear this news, no one is happier than wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The Pro Bowl receiver, who has caught 67 of Cutler’s 151 completions and seven of his 12 touchdown passes so far this season, didn’t have the same chemistry last week with backup quarterback Jason Campbell under center.
Campbell couldn’t produce behind Chicago’s awful offensive line since stepping in for Cutler over the past six quarters of football. However, somehow Cutler has found a way to help lead the Bears to seven victories behind the same offensive front.
We don’t know if the Bears’ decision to bench Chilo Rachal and replace him with Chris Spencer at left guard, and putting Jonathan Scott in the place of 2011 first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi at right tackle will vastly improve the offensive line. A couple of things that we do know is that Chicago’s o-line can’t get any worse, and that having Cutler back in the lineup should give the Bears a much better chance of winning this week.
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