NFL Week 12 Picks: Chicago Bears and Teams That Will Struggle with New QBs

November 27, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Injuries have a "funny" way of disrupting playoff pushes in the NFL, especially when franchise quarterbacks get cut down. There's no easy way for a team to replace its top signal caller in the midst of the stretch run, as these three teams are sure to find out on Sunday.
Chicago Bears
The Bears had a great thing going—a 7-3 record, a five-game winning streak—before Jay Cutler went down with a busted digit against the Chargers. Now, folks in Chicago will find out if Caleb Hanie is the real deal or if his surprising performance against the Packers in last year's NFC Championship Game was just a fluke.
The Raiders' defense, ranked 20th in the NFL against the pass, shouldn't be too tough a nut for Hanie to crack, though playing on the road won't make his first career start any easier. The Bears should be okay so long as Matt Forte gets the ball 25-30 times and the defense does its job.
However, if the Silver and Black goad the Bears into a shooto...

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