Cutler Show: We expect Lions' best shot

December, 24, 2012
12/24/12
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday he expects the Detroit Lions to provide their best shot Sunday to keep the Bears out of the playoffs and vowed to do his best to avoid taking any more shots from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

For the Bears to make the playoffs, they need to defeat the Lions and the Green Bay Packers need to defeat the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are 4-11.

"We're going to get their best shot," Cutler said on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "They're going to want to knock us out of the playoff race. We'll definitely get their best shot."

The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7 when they met in Chicago during Week 7. During the game, Suh sacked Cutler in the second quarter by grabbing him near his left shoulder/neck area, putting his full weight into Cutler and slamming him to the ground. Cutler suffered a rib injury on the play.

Suh and the NFL deemed the hit to be legal, but Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall took offense to it and called out Suh on Twitter. Marshalled tweeted that what Suh did to Cutler "wasn't cool."

When someone described the past meetings as battles Monday, Cutler was quick to challenge the wording.

"I don't know if you want to call them battles," said Cutler, who was sacked five times against the Lions on Oct. 22. "He was practicing his WWE moves on me."

Cutler plans to know where Suh is at all times Sunday.

"I think this game I'm going to be aware of him," Cutler said. "I hope we don't have any meetings this Sunday. If I see him coming, if I can't get away rather quickly, I'm probably just going to go down."

Cutler couldn't make any promises about whether the Bears would make the playoffs, but he did say he believes the Bears will defeat the Lions.

"I think we're going to do our part," Cutler said. "We're confident about that. We're going to take care of our business. We'll see if it falls our way."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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