(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense struggled enough against Carolina to elicit boos from Soldier Field fans, and receive a poor review of their inconsistency a day later from coach Lovie Smith.
Cutler got sacked six times in the first half and has been sacked 11 times in two games, while the running game bogged down in the second half after a fast start Sunday against a Panthers team with one victory.
''We realize we didn't play our best ball, but we're not going to apologize for the win,'' Smith said Monday. ''We're going to take it.''
Cutler had only 80 passing yards heading into the fourth quarter before coming on to hit 12 of his last 14 passes for 106 yards for a final quarter passing rating of 122.0. He came into the game leading the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating at 125.0.
The slow start was startling given the emphasis the Bears placed the previous week on starting fast. And now their schedule is going to become far ...