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Bear market: Cutler beats Steelers

Some passing thoughts after the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the Bears on Sunday:

  • Against a better defense than he faced last week when throwing four interceptions, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found his rhythm against the Steelers. Cutler was 27-of-38 for 236 yards and a 104.7 rating.
  • Cutler was sacked just once.
  • Yeah, just once.
  • Ben Roethlisberger's rating was 80.8.
  • Rashard Mendenhall's 39-yard run was nice, but his other two carries totaled zero yards.
  • Steelers receiver Mike Wallace was singled out on the post-game radio broadcast. Wallace's 10-yard catch was nice, but they wanted to see him fight for the first down. What happens if Wallace would have fumbled trying to get those extra 2 yards? My guess is he would be been questioned for not running out of bounds.
  • Roethlisberger was sacked twice, which is good, but that fourth-quarter sack on third-and-8 from the Bears' 10 hurt -- especially when Jeff Reed missed the field goal on the next play.
  • I'd expect Reed to make his next pressure kick, even though he missed two makeable ones Sunday.
  • If anyone thinks Hines Ward is still Big Ben's go-to guy hasn't seen the play of Santonio Holmes.
  • Troy Polamalu's replacement, Tyrone Carter, was beaten for both Bears touchdowns.
  • That win over the Titans doesn't look so good after Tennessee lost to the Texans 34-31 on Sunday.
  • By the way, that loss was in Tennessee and the Texans did score 34 points.

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