Found November 17, 2012 on
This Monday night showdown has all the makings of a classic old school defensive battle. Both teams lost their starting quarterbacks to concussions this past Sunday and Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the game. It will be tough for any quarterback, let alone a backup, to move the ball on Monday night as both teams boast top tier defenses.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to return to practice on Thursday. He was a limited participant during practice, but is expected to be able to play Monday night. The news is not as promising for the Chicago Bears as Jay Cutler was not cleared to practice and is not going to start Monday night. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has stressed the importance for any player to get reps in practice before returning from an injury.
“As a general rule, we would like for guys to [practice] at least by Friday; get some type of practice work in. But for some of our guys that have been around a while, if we get to game day and they haven’t practiced and they feel like they can go, they’ll play,” Smith said.
Since Cutler is unable to go on Monday the Bears will turn to veteran Jason Campbell to start under center. Campbell has had plenty of NFL experience, but he needs time to get on the same page as the Chicago Bears receivers. He will benefit greatly this week from taking all of the reps with the first team offense. First team reps will allow Campbell and the receivers to get a better feel for each other, which was noticeably lacking against Houston. He will need all the reps he can get though because the 49ers defense ranks 5th in the NFL in opponents pass yards per game.
There is more to this game than the availability of the starting quarterbacks though.
The Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will make his return from a hand injury Monday night in San Francisco. Chicago has sorely missed Jeffery and his ability to use his size to beat man coverage and take attention away from Brandon Marshall. Jeffery’s return could be the boost that the Bears need in order to overcome the loss of Cutler.
The key for the San Francisco offense will be pounding Frank Gore early and often. They might not be successful running the ball right away against the formidable defensive front of the Chicago Bears, but they will need to stay committed to the ground game if they hope to move the ball consistently. A big back like Gore will wear out a defense as the game goes on and his running lanes will start to get bigger.
Anyone who likes to see offenses light up scoreboards might be disappointed with this match-up, but that does not mean the game won’t be entertaining. These are two of the top teams in the NFL and the field will be littered with superstars on both sides of the ball. Since the Bears will be without Cutler they will struggle mightily to put up points and if Alex Smith is able to go for San Francisco then the 49ers should be able to get a win on their home field.
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Jason Campbell will start for the Bears in Monday's game at San Francisco, NFL Network reported Friday. Campbell, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal to back up Jay Cutler, has 70 career starts. Teammates said Thursday the offense wouldn't change much if Cutler was forced to miss his first game this season with a concussion. That's a far cry from the 2011...
While the Chicago Bears have announced they’ll be without
quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) tonight against the San Francisco 49ers,
wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is probable to return from a hand injury.
The Bears ruled Cutler out entering the weekend, as he was
unable to practice last week following a concussion he sustained against the
Houston Texans. It’s unclear when...
The Chicago Bears announced today that Jay Cutler will not play MondayNight against the San Francisco 49ers.
LM: #Bears have announced that QB Jason Campbell will start Monday night's game at San Francisco.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 16, 2012
Jason Campbell will get the start instead. Campbell is an experienced quarterback with plenty of starts in his career...
The Chicago Bears have announced that Jason Campbell will be their starting quarterback when they take on the 49ers Monday night.
Jay Cutler suffered a concussion during Week 10′s loss to the Texans and hasn’t been able to return to the practice field this week.
“There is not a whole lot I can say. He is getting better,” said head coach Lovie Smith on Thursday. “Don’t...
The Chicago Bears announced today that quarterback Jay Cutler will not play in the Monday night game vs. the San Francisco 49ers. This was an expected move as Cutler hadn’t progressed or practiced during the week after suffering a concussion against the Houston Texans. Back up Jason Campbell will get his first start as a Bear under trying circumstances as he will face the vaunted...
The Chicago Bears will have to rely on Jason Campbell if they are to defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Jay Culter has been ruled out due to the lingering effects of a concussion.
Cutler was knocked out of the Bears’ Nov. 11 game against Houston following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins. Dobbins has since been fined $30,000 by the league for...
Who knew what this Monday night matchup would be prior to week one. The possibilities exploded off the schedule until quarterback concussions and injuries occurred quicker than a Tony Romo interception. With Jake Cutler down and Alex Smith hoping for game-time medical approval, this game has definitely lost its luster. However, it remains larger than the injury reports. Six weeks...
Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has had a minor stroke, an ESPN producer said.
ESPN's Seth Markman posted on Twitter that the former Chicago Bears coach and player fell ill Friday and will not appear on the network's NFL shows this weekend.
Markman wrote that Ditka ''wanted everyone to know he's ok.''
Ditka did not immediately return a message from The Associated...
The Chicago Bears have announced that backup quarterback Jason Campbell will start on Sunday after starter Jay Cutler suffered a concussion last week against the Houston Texans. This is a tough loss as the Bears will face the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Replay clearly showed Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins made helmet-to-helmet [...]
Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke but the Hall of Famer says he's OK.
Chicago Bears (7-2) at San Francisco 49ers (7-2)
I can’t make a final pick on this one because there are too many unknowns with injuries and with the line in general (it’s not yet posted). However, I can do a reasonable preview based on what we do know. Here’s what we know. We know Jay Cutler has been ruled out and will not play for the Bears. Instead, Jason Campbell will start...
With defensive end Shea McClellin already ruled out for Monday Night Football this week, second-year DE Cheta Ozougwu could see his first NFL game action against the San Francisco 49ers.