Nine sacks (!) of Jay Cutler in first half*

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- I’m still stationed here in NFC North territory, so like you I’m only watching the Chicago Bears’ game at the New York Giants on television. But I’m compelled to point out two points before turning my attention away from the computer screen:

  1. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has set an NFL record by taking NINE sacks in the first half. The NFL record for most team sacks in a game is 12, set most recently in 2007. Osi Umenyiora has three sacks on his own, while Justin Tuck has two. The Bears have rotated seven offensive linemen, but my own amateur assessment is that CUTLER HAS TO GET RID OF THE BALL QUICKER. Whether that’s on Cutler or the play-calling of offensive coordinator Mike Martz is yet to be explained. *Update: Backup Todd Collins is starting the second half, reportedly because Cutler is getting checked out for a possible concussion.

  2. That sack total has overshadowed a really impressive outing by the Bears defense, which has kept the team in the game and held the Giants to 98 yards, four first downs and three points.

That is all. Carry on.