Del Rio ‘would be shocked’ if Cutler doesn’t play vs Raiders

With the Bears, this is only partially due to injuries. That player was a first-team all American at the University of Buffalo, the runner up for Defensive Rookie of the Year, and was just ranked 49th in NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2015. Both have hamstring injuries their dealing with.


So when was the last time the Raiders were favorites? With Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, Chicago lost 26-0. “There’s a reason they’re the starter”. He did it without being specific. Cutler had a “good practice”, Fox said. We want to make sure we’re prepared for him. Aside from the rush – where Chicago ranks seventh in the National Football League with 132 yards per game – the 37-year-old from Ypsilanti, Michigan, has struggled to get this unit on the right track. In actuality, it was nothing more than most rebuilding teams do in their first year.

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Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters that linebackers Sam Acho and Lamarr Houston will fill in the gaps depending on base or sub-packages. However, Acho is their choice to start. We have so much to clean up, myself included. Reece sees it, but maintains he’s seen it evolving since training camp. Still, the Bears can’t count on his return because he has been gone so long and also because he had an ankle injury after being suspended. Even still, there is pessimism that Cutler will be able to play.

“It’s about going out there each and every Sunday and making it happen”, he said. On special teams, in particular, this has been a problem.

“What you’re reading is a lot different than corner, what your angles are”, Carrie said.

“There’s a lot of growth in front of us and we absolutely got to grind and push and continue to sacrifice, and as coaches we’re going to continue to demand, ” Del Rio said.

“You want to beat the guys you know really bad”.

Series history: The Raiders don’t come to Chicago too often. Raiders lead series, 7-6.

December 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, US; Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) before their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. Their last win in Chicago came in the old facility in 1993, 16-14.

-After two weeks of preaching fundamental defense and avoiding breakdowns in attempting to explain the Raiders’ inexplicable inability to cover opposing tight ends, Del Rio made a joke about it entering Week 3.

The offensive approach largely depends on quarterback Jay Cutler’s availability. The quarterback will likely be limited the rest of the week and listed as questionable. It should mean a tougher week for Latavius Murray.

With or without Cutler, defensive pressure will be key for the Raiders in a matchup against pocket passers.

“It’s just livelier in general”, he said. “There is no magic potion out there”. “It’s kind of cool when you go into the game-planning meetings and know anything is possible”. “They get mad because my cleats are too black, but they’re flawless for my feet”. “I feel like they’re supposed to protect the players”. It’s a Jordan shoe, but I black out the logos so I don’t get fined for wearing something that’s not official or whatever. In the two games he has appeared in this year, he has a total of 184 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception.

The Bears wear white cleats and while players are allowed to wear different approved brands, the National Football League requires them to wear the same color. Jeffery hasn’t played since the opener….

Bears that did not participate were tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion/shoulder) and punter Pat O’Donnell (right knee). Mayowa has not played yet this season with a knee injury.


Fox praised Del Rio during his press conference Wednesday. Fox said he didn’t practice Wednesday. Nose tackle Will Sutton (elbow) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.