Here's your Eagles-Bears recap in 100 words or less, because the blogger would like to move on. L'Ours est mort. Vive l'Ours!
Jay Cutler(notes) threw four fewer interceptions in Week 11 than he did in Week 10, but Chicago finished on a disturbingly similar note. Cutler's final pass was picked, guaranteeing a four-point loss. He overthrew Greg Olsen(notes), Devin Hester(notes) and Johnny Knox(notes) on routes that should have gone for touchdowns. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy(notes) had an excellent game (20-99-1), despite losing a fumble. DeSean Jackson(notes) scored again from 40-plus. Asante Samuel(notes) suffered a stinger that requires an MRI. The turf was in terrible shape for no obvious reason. For the fifth time this season, Matt Forte(notes) gained less than 3.0 YPC.
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New Orleans was without starting defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis(notes) and starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer(notes) and Tracy Porter(notes). They also kept new cornerback Chris McAlister(notes) on the bench, deciding that he's not quite in football shape yet. During the game, cornerbacks Randall Gay(notes) and Leigh Torrence(notes) were injured, causing the Saints to use backup safety Usama Young(notes) as an emergency cornerback.
For those keeping score at home, that's four injured cornerbacks. Rookie CB Maclom Jenkins was terrific against Tampa (seven tackles, one interception, two PDs), but he's just one guy. New Orleans hosts New England next week, in a game that might end 59-56. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]
"That's how tough he is," Lions running back Kevin Smith said. "And it makes me feel good, I almost want to cry – knowing you've got a teammate out there like that, he's willing to put it all on the line and there's no telling what his injury is, how serious it is. You define the type of player you are, the type of person you are. It comes down to one play with everything on the line. He could've easily let Daunte (Culpepper) come in and take the play. But he wanted to be out there."
Stafford's non-throwing shoulder was "heavily bandaged" following the game; we don't yet know his status for the Thanksgiving game against the Packers. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz was characteristically guarded:
"The initial X-ray looks OK. There is a lot more that needs to be done. The thing we wanted to eliminate was a broken collarbone or one of those things. I'm not going to comment other than that."
Under normal circumstances we wouldn't recommend a Lions QB in a matchup with Green Bay, but the Packers lost both Aaron Kampman(notes) and Al Harris(notes) to ACL injuries in Week 11. Those two are likely done for the year. [Mlive.com]
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