• Settle down, Bears fans, because ESPN’s Kevin Seifert doesn’t think your playoff hopes are completely scuttled following the loss of Jay Cutler. This is a team that’s always relied heavily on its defense to form the foundation of any winning effort, a tendency that will be magnified now.
  • If Seifert just fed whatever slight optimism may be percolating in Bear land, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune would now like to kill it maliciously by laying out all the ways that Cutler was a difference-maker last night, and why the Bears will sorely miss his play-making ability.
  • There were speculative reports late last night that Cutler may have initially suffered the injury in the second quarter, and then the block during the interception return was the final damaging blow.
  • Moving from fate to profanity, Brandon Jacobs said he’s been serenaded by boos from Giants fans many times, and that it’s “about the best thing they do here in New York.” You would know, Brandon. You led a rushing offense that had only 29 yards.
  • Tom Coughlin was remarkably calm, yet remarkably candid and angry during his post-game press conference. He called the Giants’ rushing attack “pathetic,” and had one simple question about the overall effort from his team: why?
  • After Vince Young shook off some early rust that had him tossing wounded ducks to receivers, he started to look like an actual NFL quarterback, especially on the game-winning 80-yard drive. Suddenly, the Eagles may not be as motivated to rush Michael Vick back from his rib injury against the league’s worst secondary in Week 12.
  • DeSean Jackson was wearing a boot on his right foot while he hobbled around the locker room after Philly’s win, but his sprain doesn’t sound serious.
  • No team in NFL history has blown six fourth-quarter leads in a season, and the Eagles came close when Eli Manning completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with just over three minutes remaining.
  • Wes Welker has been listed on the Patriots’ injury report for the past three weeks. Don’t say anything, though, because the Patriots can’t break their injury code of silence.
  • Only a few weeks ago writing anything positive about the Dolphins in this space seemed impossible. Now the Miami defense has gone three games without allowing a touchdown.
  • Chan Gailey struggled to explain the Bills’ disastrous three-game slide in which they’ve been outscored 106-26. He doesn’t feel like he’s the conductor on a runaway train, but the train is definitely going in the wrong direction.
  • DeAngelo Hall is deservedly slammed often because of his petulance and immaturity. So it was refreshing to see some genuine disgust and passion when he asked to be cut in the immediate aftermath of Washington’s overtime loss to Dallas yesterday.
  • Everyone, come quick, there’s a Donnybrook in the playground!…

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