White Sox hosting the Tigers in what should have been a great season-ending series at the Cell.
Bears trying to go 2-1 with a tough game in Seattle.
Cubs Finishing up final road trip in San Francisco.
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Wow – there were some good outings on Sunday, but none was as spectacular as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. And as for bad outings, Jay Cutler took the cake…
The Good – Drew Brees – 26 of 34 for 358 yards. He threw for 6 touchdowns, against just 1 pick, and he completed over 75% of his passes. All good for a phenomenal 137.0 passer rating. Brees even connected twice with tight end Jeremy Shockey twice – it was Shockey’s 1st and 2nd touchdown receptions since being traded from the Giants to the Saints before the start of the 2008 NFL season. The Saints won 45-27, and despite giving up 27 points on defense, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the high octane offense will keep leading the team to victory throughout the long season.
The Bad – Jay Cutler. Cutler had to make his Bears debut against the arch-rival Packers at the very unfriendly Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Not easy. But no one expected as bad a performance as this. 17 of 36 for 277 yards. Cutler threw 4 interceptions, the last of which sealed the Bears’ fate with just a minute left in the game. Cutler did throw one TD pass to Devon Hester on a nice fade that cut the Packers lead to 10-9, but he completed only 47% of his passes and his passer rating was an embarrassing 43.2. The Bears gave up 2 1st round draft picks to acquire Cutler, and although he doesn’t have the best set of receivers in his arsenal, he needs to play better than this. With upcoming tough games (Steelers at home; Seahawks on the road), if we see more outings like, we may start to hear the boo-birds at Soldier Field very soon…
Great article from ESPN’s John Clayton – the Professor. This guy is great and the insight is interesting. Not sure I’d go as far as he does, but it is fun to think about the NFC being a better conference than the AFC…
The Chicago Bears trounced the Denver Broncos 27-17 in Denver on Sunday night. In a battle between quarterbacks traded for each other in the off-season, Cutler clearly had the upper hand.
Jay Cutler caused a stink when new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels tried to acquire Matt Cassell (his former quarterback with the Patriots where McDaniels was the offensive coordinator) from New England during the off-season. When the Patriots traded Cassell to Kansas City and not Denver, Cutler told the team that he wanted out. After attempts by McDaniels to ease tensions with Cutler failed, the Bears pulled off the trade for Cutler by trading away Kyle Orton and 1st round draft picks in each of the 2009 and 2010 NFL drafts. The Bears were ecstatic that they now had their “franchise quarterback” and he showed just how good he can be on Sunday against his former team. Cutler completed 15 of 21 passes for 144 yards and 1 touchdown – good for a 106.1 passer rating. Cutler had all of his weapons at his disposal – Devon Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark and Matt Forte out of the backfield. The Bears showed signs of having a dynamic offense – mixing up the runs and passes and rolling out Cutler to take advantage of his athleticism. The Bears gotta be loving this. The Broncos fans booed Cutler every time he touched the ball, but he was largely unfazed – “This isn’t your everyday situation… We knew coming into this it was going to be a hostile environment, which was good. It’s good preparation for us… It went well… I love where I’m at in Chicago. I think we’re heading in the right direction offensively.”
Matt Forte rushed for 21 yards and 1 score. He also had 3 receptions for 24 yards, 1 of which was a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cutler. Devon Hester also showed signs of his old punt return self – a 54-yard burst down the middle of the field towards the right sideline that set up a Bears score. The Bears play their final pre-season game this Thursday against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field.
As for the Broncos, Kyle Orton completed 12 of 16 passes for 96 yards. He did not have any touchdowns or interceptions and he left the game when he cut his index finger on his right throwing hand after a pass attempt. The Broncos are 0-3 and have been outscored by their opponents 71-46 during the pre-season. Not good.
We’re trying a new installment for the MySportsToday faithful. The Good & The Bad will feature some of sports’ best performances of the day and some of sports’ worst performances of the day. Here is our 1st installment:
The Good – – Felix Pie – – In the Orioles 16-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday night in Baltimore, Pie hit for the cycle. Pie had an RBI double in the 2nd inning; a solo home run in the 3rd inning; and a single to lead off the 7th inning. So all he needed was the all-important triple – the toughest part of the cycle, although not so hard with Pie’s blazing speed.. The O’s tacked on 5 runs in the 7th as Pie came up for the 2nd time in the inning (he had already scored once after his lead-off single). Pie cruched a ball to deep right center field and raced around the bases for a 2-run triple in the 7th inning. All-in-all, it was a special night for Pie – 4 for 5 at the plate, 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. His only blemishes – a strikeout in the 4th inning and a fielding error…
The Bad – – Kyle Orton – – In the Broncos 17-16 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, the Broncos new “franchise” quarterback was miserable. Orton threw 3 interceptions, including 1 in the red zone, and completed only 9 of 16 passes. Orton’s passer rating – 32.6 – ouch! After the Broncos newly-hired head coach Josh McDaniels and Owner Pat Bowlen aggravated Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler in the off-seaso (by trying to acquire Matt Cassell from the New England Patriots), Cutler forced the Broncos hand by demanding a trade. Ultimately, those demands led to a deal with the Chicago Bears that sent Orton and 1st round draft picks in 2009 and 2010 back to the Broncos. While it’s still the pre-season, if Orton keeps up his bad play, it could end up being one of the worst trades in NFL history.
Bears fans never thought GM Jerry Angelo would ever be able to pull off the trade for the Denver Broncos’ disgruntled Quarterback Jay Cutler. Well guess what Bears doubters, Angelo did it late this afternoon. The Bears gave up a hefty price – their own Quarterback Jyle Orton, plus the 18th pick and the Bears 3rd round pick in the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft and the Bears 1st round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. But to get the proven franchise quarterback the Bears have always sought, it should be well worth the cost.
Word is that the Bears also signed offensive tackle Orlando Pace to help improve the weak Bears offensive line play. Pace is on the older side, but should be an upgrade to the Bears unit assuming he is healthy.
Read more Cutler trade news here and we’ll keep you posted with the latest details as they become available…
The Tennessee Titans defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-14 on Sunday to clinch the best record in the AFC. The Titans will have home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Titans had a balanced attack against a stingy Steelers defense. Kerry Collins was efficient – 20 for 29 for 216 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions. Chris Johnson rushed for 69 yards and 1 touchdown, while LenDale White rushed for 48 yards and 1 touchdown. Justin Gage led the Titans in receiving with 5 catches for 104 yards and a score. Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 26 of 40 passes for 331 yards and he threw 2 touchdown passes. “Gentle Ben” also threw 2 costly interceptions, however, including an interception that was returned by the Titans Michael Griffin 83 yards for a touchdown that sealed the victory for the Titans with only 18 seconds remaining. The Titans will presumably rest some key players next week in order to gear up, and stay healthy, for the all-important playoff run.
In a surprise upset, the Atlanta Falcons hung on for a 24-17 win over the Vikings in Minnesota. The Vikings could have clinched a 1st place finish in the NFC North and a playoff berth. The Vikings loss opens the door for the Chicago Bears. With a win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football tomorrow night, the Bears would move into a tie with the Vikings atop the NFC North. The Vikings would need to win at home next week against the New York Giants in order to secure the division win (they hold the tie-breaker against the Bears), but if the Vikings were to lose and the Bears were to defeat the Texans in Houston, the Bears would be crowned the NFC North kings. Stay tuned for 3 exciting games left to determine the NFC North winner.