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November 13, 2009 9:47 AM

Jay's just like Jeff, by George

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Say this for Jay Cutler, he sure does bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.

You think the people in Denver can get enough of the last laugh? I don't either.
Go ahead, bring up Cutler's name in the Mile High City, and you are bound to get a smile that goes from ear to ear. With the mopey Cutler out of their midst, their beloved team is 6-2 and sitting atop their division.

Even better, they one-upped, make that three-upped, Chicago in a trade that was supposed to take the Bears to the top. Now you're laughing, right?

In addition to acquiring Chicago's whipping boy, quarterback Kyle Orton, the Broncos also stuffed their pockets with Chicago's first-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010. This is like taking the trash out and finding a suitcase full of money.

With every interception Cutler throws, that 2010 pick is looking better and better all the time. Incidentally, Orton has thrown 13 less interceptions than Cutler this year.

Of course Cutler outdid himself last night against San Francisco when he hit an open 49er on five different occasions, and led his vaunted attack to exactly two field goals in a 10-6 loss that dropped the Bears to 4-5. Please go elsewhere if you want to make a case they will turn this mess around.  
Then there's the rest of us football fans, who really have no dog in this fight. By the way, can we mention dogs and fighting without Michael Vick's mug popping into our heads? Didn't think so.

Anyway, Cutler's always come off as a smug, spoiled brat to us. Somehow, taking his overrated act to Chicago was going to change all that?
Yeah, the guy's had his moments, like against the Steelers in Week 2, when he helped rally the Bears to victory, but that's the beauty of Cutler. He shows you just enough to give you false hope. 

There is something missing with this dude -- some intangible. Cutler is the latest version of Jeff George (pictured above right). Remember him? George could throw a ball 80 yards through a hoop standing flatfooted, but somehow, you still wouldn't have trusted him to throw you a life preserver if you were drowning.

Make no mistake about it, the Bears are in the some deep water right now.

Take your pick

For informational purposes only...some picks for Week 10 action around the NFL brought to you by folks who most likely know as much about the game as you do:
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This Week's Grill Room NFL 100-PROOF lock: Cincinnati plus-6.5 over Pittsburgh.
We admit it. We're out of answers. Instead of giving you grub you can count on, we've just been making you sick the past few weeks. Well, we're not feeling real good about this, either. Maybe we need a bye week, to shake it off. I dunno. Or maybe we need to just step up and give you some service you can trust. So, let's be bold.

Most of the year, we've been serving up the heavy, home favorite. And for the first six weeks it was a winning recipe. For the past three, however, customers have sent it back in disgust. So today we'll go for the most underrated dish on the menu: Cincinnati getting 6.5 in Pittsburgh. There is no reason in the world this game won't be a FG either way, and most likely Pittsburgh's. But almost full TD? Nah...

Cincinnati is doing it with defense and a rugged running game this year. They'll keep it close throughout. We almost guarantee it. 


(Season record: 4-5)

Tape it up

  • For all the latest news on some of the key injuries entering this weekend's play, go here
  • Seriously, though, how tough are these dudes that this guy would even consider paying Sunday?!

TV Time
If you can't stop by the
Grill Room, here's the college and pro football fare that's cooking on the tube this weekend:
(For our U.S. military viewers and their families overseas the games American Forces Network will be showing are in bold.)


Friday, Nov. 13
West Virginia at Cincinnati, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Temple at Akron, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday, Nov. 14
Michigan State at Purdue, Noon, ESPN
Georgia Tech at Duke, Noon, ESPN2
Tennessee at Mississippi, Noon, CBS
Florida State at Wake Forest, ESPNU

Michigan at Wisconsin, Big Ten

BYU at New Mexico, 2 p.m., Mtn
Florida at South Carolina, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Iowa at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Nebraska at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Idaho at Boise State, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Delaware at Navy, 3:30 p.m., CBS CSN
UNLV at Air Force, 6 p.m., Mtn.
Alabama at Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPN
Utah at TCU, 7:30 p.m., CBS CSN
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., ABC
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., ABC
Louisiana Tech at LSU, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Wyoming at San Diego State, 10 p.m., Mtn.
Arizona State at Oregon, ESPN, 10:20 p.m., ESPN (jip)
Stanford at USC, 3:30 p.m., Pac Ten

Sunday, Nov. 15
East Carolina at Tulsa, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

(Byes: Houston N.Y Giants)

Thursday, Nov. 12 
San Francisco 10, Chicago 6

Sunday, Nov. 15
Atlanta at Carolina 1 p.m., FOX 
Tampa Bay at Miami 1 p.m., FOX 
Detroit at Minnesota 1 p.m., FOX 
Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m., CBS 
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1 p.m., CBS 
New Orleans at St. Louis 1 p.m., FOX 
Buffalo at Tennessee 1 p.m., CBS 
Denver at Washington 1 p.m., CBS 
Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 p.m., CBS 
Seattle at Arizona 4:15 p.m., FOX 
Dallas at Green Bay 4:15 p.m., FOX 
Philadelphia at San Diego 4:15 p.m., FOX
New England at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, Nov. 16
Baltimore at Cleveland 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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