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Bears keeping quiet over starting QB situation for Seahawks

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Bears keeping quiet over starting QB situation for Seahawks

Jay Cutler was out on the practice field with teammates on Wednesday but the Bears quarterback was more in the role of assistant coach for Jimmy Clausen and David Fales, not starting quarterback. Cutler’s injured hamstring will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Seattle against the Seahawks, but “news” of how long he’ll be out is anything but hard news.

One ESPN report was that Cutler will miss at least two weeks. Other information is that he will miss four to six weeks. Neither estimate is more than speculation at this point and probably should be treated as such.

“I don’t know how they pick coin flips and how they are at the track,” said coach John Fox with a trace of irritation. “I don’t know how they would know if we don’t.”

Clausen took the starter’s reps during practice, something he hasn’t done since the couple of days prior to last season’s Week 16 game against the Detroit Lions. How ready he is for another start, albeit not against a defense as stout as the Lions’ vs. the run last year, plays out Sunday afternoon.

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For what it’s worth – which is not a lot – backup quarterbacks were involved in wins last weekend in Cleveland (Johnny Manziel), Dallas (Brandon Weeden) and Washington (Kirk Cousins).

“Jimmy played probably a little over a half last week. as I mentioned after that game, whether you’re Brandon Weeden or Jimmy Clausen or whatever backup quarterback or whatever backup position there is in the league, you’re one play away from being the starter.

“I think Jimmy got considerably more reps today than, say, he did last Wednesday. So we’ll have to wait and see.”

Fales was the last Bear on the practice field Wednesday, pantomiming quarterback steps by himself. Until Tuesday he was on the Bears’ practice squad, meaning he has more immediate experience running opponents’ offenses than his own team’s.

“He’s probably about as caught up as most third quarterbacks in this league are,” Fox said.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.