CHICAGO -- A few thoughts at halftime at Soldier Field:
The big story, other than a completely dominant performance by the Chicago Bears, is the status of quarterback Jay Cutler. As we noted earlier, he absorbed a brutal but legal hit late in the second quarter from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Cutler returned for one play, an incomplete pass on third down, before heading to the locker room to have his ribs examined.
We all know what happened last season when Cutler fractured his thumb. That's precisely why the Bears signed backup Jason Campbell, who had been a starter for most of his career. Let's not panic or start making big-picture observations until we know whether Cutler is going to play in the second half. I'll be happy to provide that information when I have it.
The Bears' defense has stifled the Lions' offense, which hasn't helped itself at all with two big drops from receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. Meanwhile, tailback Mikel Leshoure fumbled the ball away on their only trip to the red zone.
Frankly, the Lions should feel fortunate to trail 10-0, and the Bears should be concerned considering the Lions' second-half prowess. To this point, however, the Bears have outgained the Lions 165-91 and have 11 first downs to the Lions' five.
More in a bit.