Julius Peppers


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina's tackling machine, has won the Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.


CHICAGO (9-6) At DETROIT (4-11)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bears by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 7-8; Detroit 5-10

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 95-65-5


HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans are still perfect against the AFC. They get another chance this weekend to prove they can play with the best teams in the NFC, too.


CHICAGO (AP) Jay Cutler threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall and the Chicago Bears took a 10-0 halftime lead over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Ask Lovie Smith about Rod Marinelli and the Chicago Bears coach comes about as close as he ever gets to waxing poetic.

That's hardly a surprise.