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[September 22, 2014]
Jay Cutler threw four touchdown
passes as the Chicago Bears rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat
the San Francisco 49ers a week ago. Cutler already has six touchdown
passes and looks to add to that total when the Bears visit the New York
Jets on Monday night. Cutler is 6-1 on Monday Night Football, including
three straight wins, with 14 touchdowns against just three
While the Bears rallied, the Jets imploded last week, squandering
an 18-point advantage in their upset bid at Green Bay - a loss that
came in typical New York fashion. Just when it appeared that the
Jets had climbed back into a tie with the Packers on a long
touchdown pass by Geno Smith late in the fourth quarter, officials
ruled that New York offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called
timeout before the play began. Rex Ryan's group will look to bounce
back from that disaster and beat the Bears for the first time since
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Jets -3. O/U: 45.5
ABOUT THE BEARS (1-1): Chicago's comeback on Sunday night was even
more unlikely considering that Cutler actually seemed to respond
after taking a huge blow to his ribs. He threw three scoring passes
to Brandon Marshall and the Bears' defense shut down the 49ers in
the second half. But, not all went well for Chicago, which lost five
starters on the defensive side of the ball in the contest, including
All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman, who is out for the season with a
torn triceps muscle.
ABOUT THE JETS (1-1): The Jets could be without top receiver Eric
Decker (hamstring) but they may want to run the ball anyway against
a Chicago defense which ranks 27th in the league against the rush
(160 yards per game). On defense, New York has yet to solve its
problematic secondary and allowed Jordy Nelson to romp for 209 yards
receiving last week. New York won its home opener but that victory
is looking increasingly unimpressive as it came against Oakland,
which appears to be one of the worst teams in the league.
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1. The Jets rank first in the NFL in both rushing (179 yards a game)
and stopping the run (52.5).
2. The Bears have won three straight in the series but the teams
haven't met since 2010.
3. Jets CB Dee Milliner is questionable with an ankle injury.
PREDICTION: Jets 23, Bears 17
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