NFL Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears: Bye Week Comes At Best Possible Time For Reeling Team

Jay Cutler

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

After a hot start, it appears things are starting to come unglued for the Chicago Bears. Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins was a bad one on many levels. Anytime you lose to a last place team, it’s a bad thing. But when you do it while also losing your starting quarterback and your aging defense plays poorly, it’s real bad.

The Bears are currently holding their breath while they wait for test results on Jay Cutler‘s injured groin. But anyone who saw him go down Sunday could see that the QB was hurting in a big way. An MRI will likely reveal some sort of tear, which could sideline him for several weeks. On top of that, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs also left Sunday’s game with injuries. Chicago is hurting in a big way.

The only good news is that the team has its bye in week eight. This will give Cutler and the rest of the injured Bears an extra week to heal before this team embarks on the second half of the season.

As much as Cutler’s injury is worrisome, Bears’ fans should be more worried about their once great defense. The Chicago-D has fallen off in a big way in 2013. The Redskins racked up 499 yards and dropped 38 points on the unit during Sunday’s contest. No matter who your quarterback is, defense like that isn’t going to get the job done.

This team was once in the top-tier of the NFC in 2013. Now, they’re middle of the pack. It’s time to regroup and get better, or suffer the same fate as 2012′s team.


Follow Andrew Fisher on Twitter and Google