Halftime: Jay Cutler having ribs examined

CHICAGO -- A few thoughts at halftime at Soldier Field:

  • The big story, other than a completely dominant performance by the Chicago Bears, is the status of quarterback Jay Cutler. As we noted earlier, he absorbed a brutal but legal hit late in the second quarter from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He returned for one play, an incomplete pass on third down, before heading to the locker room to have his ribs examined.

  • We all know what happened last season when Cutler fractured his thumb. That's precisely why the Bears signed backup Jason Campbell, who has been a starter for most of his career. Let's not panic or start making big-picture observations until we know if Cutler is going to play in the second half. I'll be happy to provide that information when I have it.

  • The Bears offense has stifled the Lions offense, which hasn't helped itself at all with two big drops from receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. Meanwhile, tailback Mikel Leshoure fumbled the ball away on their only trip to the red zone.

  • Frankly, the Lions should feel fortunate to trail 10-0, and the Bears should be concerned considering the Lions' second-half prowess. To this point, however, the Bears have outgained the Lions 165-91 and have 11 first downs to the Lions' five.

  • Lawrence Jackson's block of a Robbie Gould field goal attempt from 47 yards is another reason the Bears weren't able to extend their lead.

More in a bit.