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NFL Week 14 -- Cowboys at Bears
While the NFC West and NFC South might feature the conference's top contenders, the NFC East and NFC North aren't without heated divisional races. That's where these two teams come in: the 7-5 Dallas Cowboys, tied atop the East, and the 6-6 Chicago Bears, one game behind the Detroit Lions in the North. Which team will snag a critical win Monday night?
NFC North outlook still muddy
What an odd week for the NFC North. Perhaps the NFL's most competitive division title race stayed that way, but not thanks to great play from any of its contenders. The first-place Detroit Lions lost a turnover-riddled game at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- they of zero wins three weeks ago. The Chicago Bears lost 42-21 at the previously 4-6 St. Louis Rams. And the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers? They replaced struggling quarterback Scott Tolzien with Matt Flynn ... then proceeded to force a tie with the Minnesota Vikings. That leaves the first two at 6-5 and the last at 5-5-1. How will the rest of the season play out?
Ndamukong Suh's crushing sack of Jay Cutler, which briefly sidelined the Bears' quarterback in Chicago's win over the Lions Monday night, was ruled a legal play upon review by the NFL. Suh reportedly won't be fined, but Cutler's teammate Brandon Marshall believes differently. Marshall said on Twitter and ESPN's "First Take" that he thought the hit, in which Suh drove Cutler into the turf with his elbow on Cutler's helmet, was "dirty." Is Marshall right? Or is Suh's reputation, based on his aggressive hits and previous fines, putting a different spin on the play? Discuss and vote!
Jay Cutler's night didn't go all that well against the Packers; he threw four interceptions, was sacked seven times, and had a Total QBR of 4.7, which is ... less than ideal. He even shoved one of his linemen after a particularly frustrating series. Cutler was understandably upset at his linemen (all those sacks will do that do you), but was he a bad teammate for chastising his teammates so publicly?