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Rams Vs. Bears: Chicago Dominates St. Louis For 23-6 Win

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Bears Offensive Line Holds Up In Win Over Rams

One week after a rough outing against the Green Bay Packers, the much-maligned Chicago Bears offensive line bounced back in a 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked just twice and praised the line's improvement (via ESPN Chicago):

"The line played well," Cutler said. "They had a little edge to them. You go into a game and you're up in the third and fourth quarter and know you're going to run the ball. Those guys came in when I needed it and opened up some holes. I thought the line played well."

Cutler also singled out the play of left guard Chilo Rachal, who made his first start of the season in place of Chris Spencer. Rachal himself spoke highly of left tackle J'Marcus Webb, who struggled mightily against the Packers in Week 2 and was openly criticized by Cutler during that game.

While the Bears' offensive line still has a lot of work to do, this performance was a step in the right direction after the seven-sack disaster against Green Bay.

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NFL Injury Reports: Bears Escape Week 3 Unscathed

The Chicago Bears dominated the St. Louis Rams in a 23-6 victory on Sunday, and they also managed to avoid any major injuries to key contributors. That's good news as the Bears prepare for a Week 4 meeting with the Cowboys, as they have already had to deal with a few injuries already.

Star running back Matt Forte missed Sunday's game with an ankle injury suffered in Week 2, but Michael Bush was impressive at times as his replacement on Sunday. Bush only ran for 55 yards on 18 carries, but he ripped off a few long runs and in general wasn't exactly helped out by Chicago's sluggish passing game.

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Steven Jackson Will Play For Rams Vs. Bears

Rams running back Steven Jackson will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Jackson sat out practice all week with a groin injury. According to Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Jackson went through pregame warmups and will play:

Earlier this week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Daryl Richardson would be the Rams' featured running back until Jackson could get healthy. There is no indication from the team how many carries Jackson or Richardson could receive today.

Jackson has appeared in the Rams' two previous games, running 30 times for 111 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in 2012. The Rams and Bears kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern at Soldier Field. Television coverage is available on FOX.

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Rams Vs. Bears: Matt Forte Ruled Out For Week 3 Matchup

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (right ankle) is out for the team’s Week 3 game against the St. Louis Rams, according to a report from Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.

Forte did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday after he suffered an ankle injury during the second half of Chicago's Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Here is Dickerson's very clear declaration that Forte won't play against the Rams:

The Bears will turn to Michael Bush to carry the load as the primary running back against Jeff Fisher's squad, while Kahlil Bell will serve as the No. 2 option in the backfield. The Bears and Rams will meet at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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Chicago Bears Vs. Rams: A Look Ahead To Week 3

The Chicago Bears are in desperate need of a win as the St. Louis Rams come to Soldier Field for a Week 3 tilt. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell takes a look at the matchup.


The Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler Mutiny Isn't Happening, But The Noise Is Deafening

Jay Cutler remains a national talking point after a disastrous Week 2 performance against the Packers. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell thinks the Bears quarterback deserves the criticism but can't stand to listen to it anymore.


Bears Vs. Rams: St. Louis RB Steven Jackson Held Out Of Practice, Status Uncertain

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson was held out of practice on Wednesday and his status for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears is uncertain. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said that Jackson is day-to-day and was listed on the injury report with a groin injury.

This news ends the idea that Jackson was benched in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Washington Redskins rather than held out due to an injury as some had theorized. Jackson has a history of injuries, having missed four games with a groin injury in 2007, four games with a quad injury in 2008, and three games with a quad injury last season. It is believed that his current injury is not as serious as any of those.

Jackson has 111 yards on 30 carries through two games this season. If he is unable to go, Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, and Terrance Ganaway will fill the void at RB for the Rams.

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Bears Vs. Rams: Jeff Fisher Expresses Support For Jay Cutler

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who is preparing this week to face the Chicago Bears, issued his support for Bears QB Jay Cutler on Wednesday. Cutler has been criticized this week for his behavior during Chicago's loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 2.

"By the way your quarterback is pretty good, and people just need to back off of him," Fisher said. "He's a good player. You think Jim McMahon shoved anyone during a game? I've known Jay a long time, he's a good player. You guys are lucky to have him as your quarterback, and he's going to win a lot of games for you."

(via ESPN Chicago)

According to Fisher, the Tennessee Titans scouted Cutler heavily while he was coach there and came close to drafting him. Fisher also had words for Mike Ditka, who recently was critical of Rams CB Cortland Finnegan.

"I would like Coach Ditka to know if he knew Cortland Finnegan he would want Cortland to be the first guy to walk off his bus. Because he would absolutely love Cortland Finnegan."

The Rams are nine-point underdogs heading into Chicago on Sunday.

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Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall Says Teammates Love Jay Cutler

Brandon Marshall came to the defense of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Wednesday, telling the media that his Bears teammates "love Jay," and that Cutler is a guy "everyone wants to play for."

"There's no doubt in my mind, guys love Jay," Marshall said. "Defensive guys to the offensive guys to the coaches, so Jay is a guy that everyone wants to play for and we're going to continue to do that."

Cutler has taken a beating in the media over the last week, after lashing out at his offensive line for failing to protect Cutler.

Cutler said earlier in the week that he shouldn't have bumped J'Marcus Webb, but that he doesn't regret yelling at him.

Bears defensive back D.J. Moore spoke out earlier this week, saying that Cutler shouldn't have gone after Webb like he did.

Marshall, though, came to Cutler's aid on Wednesday, saying that everybody loves him -- and declaring the issue dead.

Asked Wednesday if he had spoken to members of the offensive line about the protection problems and his reaction to it, Cutler said, "Everything's fine. It's a dead issue. We're moving forward at this point."

We'll see how Cutler and the Bears respond on Sunday, when they play host to the St. Louis Rams.

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NFL 2012 Schedule: Chicago Bears Draw First NFC West Opponent

It's NFC West week for three of the four teams in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears included. The Bears host the St. Louis Rams Sunday at noon CT, with quarterback Jay Cutler hoping to click (and get protection) the same way he did in Week 1.

The Bears, Detroit Lions (at Tennessee Sunday), Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are all 1-1 going into the weekend's action.

It's the Bears against the Rams (1-1), the undefeated San Francisco 49ers (arguably the best team in the NFL at present) at Minnesota and the Packers at the Seattle Seahawks (1-1) on Monday Night Football.

The Bears opened against Indianapolis and then fell flat last Thursday at Green Bay. Chicago gets another long week after Sunday's game, with the Bears going to Dallas for a Monday night game on Oct. 1.

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Jay Cutler Should Have Apologized To J'Marcus Webb, Says Troy Aikman

Plenty of folks are weighing in about Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's very visible berating of teammate and offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb last week during a miserable performance against Green Bay. That would include former NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman.

Aikman told a Chicago radio station (as reported by the Chicago Tribune) that Cutler would be wise to apologize to Webb. Cutler also bumped Webb, and later apologized for that, but has backed away from any apology to his teammate for ripping into him. He said both he and Webb have talked about the incident and put it behind them.

Said Aikman:

I would say that whether J'Marcus acknowledges it or not or regardless of what he may or may not say publicly, my guess is that’s something that probably upset him and maybe upset and offended some of the other teammates."

The Bears host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

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