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Suh’s smackdown of Cutler was not why Bears won in Detroit

Suh's hit on Cutler was not a game-changer

In the aftermath of the Bears 24-20 victory over the Lions in Detroit, a lot has been made about the controversial Ndamukong Suh tackle of Jay Cutler. Like every other American who saw the replay of Suh’s violent (yet legal) push, I don’t think it warranted a flag.

But to those who believe it was THE single most important play in the Bears come-from-behind win (yes, I’m talking to you, Detroit) need to remember… 

  • The play occurred on 1st down at Detroit’s 22. After Cutler’s 8-yard run, it would’ve set up a 2nd and two at the DET 14-yardline had no foul been called.
  • The flag resulted in a “half-the-distance-to-the-goal” gain for the Bears, or 7 yards in this instance.

Does a 7-yard gain for an offense that appeared destined for the endzone really warrant consideration as THE play of the game?

I agree with the majority of fans and media that it was a bad call. But all the hullabaloo about Suh’s smackdown has more to do with the Lions being robbed of a week one win in Chicago than its ‘profound’ impact on a game the Bears were going to win anyway.

Like it or not, Suh’s aggressive style has drawn attention from the NFL’s tackling police. Known as a violent tackler before he even set foot in the league – see his rag-doll toss of Colt McCoy in last year’s Big XII Championship game as evidence – Suh is going to be under the league’s microscope in much the same way as Steeler’s LB James Harrison.

So to the media and Detroit fans who want to pin the latest Lions debacle on a bad call – get over it!

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