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Cutler Surprised By Benching; NFL Notes

>>Bears' Cutler Says Benching Caught Him Off Guard

(Lake Forest, IL) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says his benching this week caught him off guard. Head coach Marc Trestman has decided to sit Cutler down and start Jimmy Clausen this Sunday against the NFC North leading Detroit Lions. The Bears are in last place in the division at 5-and-9 and have been eliminated from playoff contention.  width=Cutler threw three picks Monday night against the Saints and was also sacked seven times. The 31-year-old has thrown a league-high 18 interceptions this season and has 24 total turnovers. Cutler is in the first year of a seven-year contract worth more than 126-million-dollars, with 54-million guaranteed. He says he hopes to remain with the Bears.

>>Lions Square Off With Bears At Soldier Field

(Chicago, IL) -- NFC North rivals meet for the second time this season as the Detroit Lions head to the Windy City to battle the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. It's the second of three straight divisional games for Detroit, which reclaimed first place with a 16-14 home win over Minnesota last weekend. At 10-and-4, the Lions and Packers are tied atop the division but Detroit beat Green Bay earlier this season. The Lions and Packers meet at Lambeau Field in Week 17. The Bears are coming off a 31-15 loss to the Saints on "Monday Night Football." Chicago has lost three in-a-row to fall to 5-and-9 on the year.

 width=>>Packers Battle Bucs In Tampa

(Tampa, FL) -- The Green Bay Packers face their final road test of the regular season when the take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. It's the second straight road game for Green Bay, which had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 21-13 loss at Buffalo this past Sunday. At 10-and-4, the Pack is tied with the Lions for the NFC North lead but Detroit holds the tiebreaker with a head-to-head win in Week Three. The Bucs are riding a four-game losing streak that has them in the NFC South cellar at 2-and-12. Tampa Bay is winless at home this season at 0-and-6.

 width=>>Giants Go Up Against Rams In St. Louis

(St. Louis, MO) -- The New York Giants hit the road one last time in 2014 as they play the St. Louis Rams Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The G-Men are coming off a 24-13 win over Washington. The Giants have won their last two games on the heels of a seven-game losing streak to improve to 5-and-9. The Rams are coming off a 12-6 loss to the Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football" last week. That snapped a two-game winning streak for St. Louis, which had posted back-to-back shutouts over the Raiders and Redskins the two games before. The Rams are in last place in the NFC West with a 6-and-8 mark.

>>Jaguars Top Titans

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Toby Gerhart and Jordan Todman both had second half touchdown runs as the Jaguars topped the Titans 21-13 on "Thursday Night Football" at EverBank Field. Todman had a 62-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that put the Jags up 21-10. Gerhart and Todman combined for 124 of Jacksonville's 177 total rushing yards. Blake Bortles threw for 115 yards and a TD and added 50 yards on five carries as the Jags improved to 3-and-12. Charlie Whitehurst finished 24-of-35 for 287 yards and a score for Tennessee, which slipped to 2-and-13. Leon Washington had seven catches for 62 yards and the lone touchdown in defeat.

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