Sunday, December 16, 2012
Halftime: Packers 14, Bears 7
By Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- Some brief thoughts at halftime from Soldier Field:
- I wouldn't be surprised if Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler never, ever throws to receiver Devin Hester again. Cutler was livid after a late-second quarter interception he threw into the hands of Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, who was covering Hester on the play. Hester never stopped on the route. It appeared Cutler expected him to, or at least to be ready for a back shoulder throw. In either event, Cutler was waving his arms and throwing things on the sideline afterwards. I'm going to guess Cutler thought Hester did something wrong.
- That play could prove the turning point in the game. Hayward returned the interception to the Bears' 26-yard line, and five plays later, Packers receiver James Jones caught his second touchdown pass of the game. The Packers lead 14-7 and will have the ball to start the second half.
- Of course, Cutler is as usual throwing mostly to receiver Brandon Marshall, who has four of their six receptions.
- The Bears have had all kinds of issues along the offensive line. They had one surprise starter, rookie James Brown at left guard, and later benched Gabe Carimi in favor of Chris Spencer at right guard. But Carimi finished the second quarter at right tackle because of Jonathan Scott's injury. If the Bears get any further behind, this offensive line will be taxed to protect Cutler.
- If this game stays close, the Packers will have their fingers crossed with place-kicker Mason Crosby, who wasn't close on a 43-yard attempt in the second quarter.
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