Maybe there will be an argument about how many concussions Jay Cutler has suffered during his NFL and college career, but when Cutler suffered a 2010 concussion at Giants Stadium, a team source said that was the third in their records, including one with the Broncos and one in college. That would make the one Sunday night — when Texans middle linebacker Tim Dobbins hit him in the head — No. 4. A 2004 story in the Tennessean suggests this was the sixth concussion of Cutler's career. Whatever the specific number, multiple concussions are reason for concern.
What the NFL and the Bears might have a difficult time explaining is how Cutler was allowed to remain in the game for seven plays, including another series just before halftime, before being removed. The hit Dobbins put on him was in plain view of everyone, but no one deemed it necessary for him to be checked out on the spot. Lovie Smith said Cutler didn't show symptoms until halftime. Was he checked before then? It creates legitimate questions about the league's policy and the effectiveness of its concussion protocol.
3. Passing grade for 'D'
Arian Foster got rolling for the Texans but was really effective on only two drives. He rushed 29 times for 102 yards, and the Bears defense put forth an effort worthy of a victory by limiting the Texans to 215 yards and three third-down conversions. Wide receiver Andre Johnson was bottled up, and Matt Schaub passed for only 95 yards. The Bears will need the very best from their defense if Cutler is sidelined.
4. Takeaway machine
Tim Jennings is not slowing down as a takeaway machine. He had two interceptions in a game for the third time this season, giving him an NFL-high eight. That ties him with Nathan Vasher (2005) for the most in the Lovie Smith era and leaves him two short of Mark Carrier's club-record 10 in 1990. With seven games to play, the sky's the limit for Jennings, who could be in line for his first Pro Bowl trip. It's remarkable to see a player in the middle of his career suddenly make big strides.