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With Cutler sidelined, Bears fall short again

Associated Press Published: November 20, 2012
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Then again, the way the line was blocking, it might not have mattered if Cutler was playing.

Either way, it's not hard to see why Campbell used phrases such as "worst nightmare" and "wakeup call" afterward.

The Bears had a chance to show they could beat an elite team, and got flattened instead.

"I have never been on a team that works harder, coaches and players," said Brandon Marshall, who was swarmed all night and finished with two catches for 21 yards. "We really are excited about this opportunity we have, as far as the entirety of the season. There is no complacency. It seems like every time we win a game we work a little bit harder. I love that about this team. We just have to get better, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and that starts with the leaders. Me being one of the guys, I have to be better."

Beating the Vikings (6-4) is no sure thing.

League rushing leader Adrian Peterson has averaged just under 103 yards in eight games against them and went off for 224 in a game in 2007, the most ever by a Bears opponent. On the other side, Jared Allen tends to give them fits with 13 sacks in eight games against Chicago, and that doesn't bode well, whether it's Campbell or Cutler at quarterback.

And, of course, Cutler hopes it's him.

Asked if it's safe to say he did not pass all the tests he needed to and therefore was held out, Cutler said, "It's not safe to say. Before I even took a test, I met with Lovie and our trainers. Me and (defensive end) Shea (McClellin) — pass or not pass the test, everyone was leaning toward us not playing."

Cutler said he hopes to take all the reps with the starters in practice this week. He has doctors' appointments on Wednesday and Friday.

"We have to take everything into account and see how I feel," Cutler said.

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