Friday, December 15, 2017
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Cutler's demeanor focal point again

CHICAGO — The Bears offense appears to be back in synch, even if the same might not be true of quarterback Jay Cutler and his offensive coordinator.

Cutler played one of his most impressive NFL games Monday night in beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-18, connecting on 18-of-24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

Even after posting his third-highest career passer rating (140.1), a lot of the postgame attention was again focused on Cutler's sideline behavior.

Cutler at one point sat down on the bench after he'd obviously been irritated by confusion on the field regarding a play call. When offensive coordinator Mike Tice sat down next to him and began talking, Cutler stood up and walked away.

"I don't have to sit by him the whole game, do I?" Cutler said afterward. Then he accused media members of trying to sell newspapers and asked, "What are we looking for here?"

DEFINING MARRIAGE: Ravens center Matt Birk voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, a view counter to teammate Brandon Ayanbadejo. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, spoke out in an article printed Sunday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Ayanbadejo previously spoke in favor of gay marriage.

JURISPRUDENCE: A cousin of former wide receiver Sam Hurd agreed to plead guilty in connection with allegations that Hurd tried to establish a drug-distribution network, according to prosecutors. Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement on one count of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine with intent to distribute. The deal calls for a minimum of 10 years in prison. … Former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was arrested in Chicago late Monday and accused of threatening police officers who came upon him urinating outside a bar, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

FEUD OVER?: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said he and Giants defensive end Usi Omenyiora agreed to end their feud, in which they have publicly criticized each other multiple times. "I think after the game, it's time to get over this Osi-and-LeSean thing, because after the game (Umenyiora) said, 'You're a heck of a player, we're in this business, let's get over this,' " McCoy told SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

DOLPHINS: Former Florida receiver Jabar Gaffney signed and the team terminated the contract of receiver Legedu Naanee. Gaffney, 31, had his best season last year with Washington, then signed with the Patriots and was released.

EAGLES: Brian Rolle, the starting weakside linebacker just weeks ago, was released.

RAIDERS: Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was back at practice for the first time since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit on Sept. 23. He took part in individual drills.

RAMS: Thursday's game against the Cardinals will be televised in the St. Louis area. The team had asked for a deadline extension to avoid a blackout.

SAINTS: A letter from Joe Unitas, son of the late Johnny Unitas, was posted on the team's website congratulating Drew Brees for tying Unitas' record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass. Brees can break the Hall of Famer's mark Sunday against San Diego.

STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin he expects three injured stars — running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu — to play Sunday against the Eagles.

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