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Week 1 vs. GB
Passing: 17 - 36, 277 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: 3 / 16 / 0
Someone needs to tell Cutler what color his team was supposed to be wearing, because it sure looked like he was targeting the Green rather than the White in Week 1. Cutler threw a career high four interceptions against Green Bay, and it was not like he was getting bad breaks with tipped passes. The Packers were everywhere the ball was when it was in the air, and Cutler was lucky not to have even more interceptions after the rocky start to his Bear career. He was under some pressure but more often than not it looked like he was out of sync with his receiving corps who struggled to find open spaces. The schedule does not get much easier next week as the Bears host Pittsburgh next week.
Week 2 vs. PIT
Passing: 27 - 38, 236 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Cutler's game was like night and day compared to week 1. He was much calmer in the pocket and more willing to accept checkdowns, or even throw the ball away. Cutler moved around well under pressure, and the Steelers did bring the pressure, especially in the second half. His accuracy was mostly great, although he didn't air it out all day. Cutler's arm strength from bad platforms bailed him out a few times, and he was very impressive on a 97-yard drive in the first half, managing the offense, and also making plays based on his rare talent. Both of his TD throws were good reads and decisive strikes, one in between two converging defenders to Kellen Davis, and one on a quick slant to Johnny Knox. Cutler had a few short throws on the game-winning drive, but Devin Hester helped him on a low target that ended up being the key conversion of the game. Cutler looked like a winner today, and the rest of the team fed off of his energy.
Week 3 vs. SEA
Passing: 21 - 27, 247 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / -1 / 0
Cutler showcased the many reasons why the Bears were thrilled to bring him aboard this off-season. He completed all but six of his 27 attempts, working well within and outside the pocket. Cutler was unafraid to go deep to Devin Hester or over the middle to Greg Olsen despite good coverage on both at various points of the game. Cutler was not only taking whatever the Seahawks gave him, but he also put balls in places where his guy could go up and make a play on the ball such as on Hester's leaping grab between two defenders. Hester made the play and turned upfield for one of Cutler's three touchdown tosses.
Week 4 vs. DET
Passing: 18 - 28, 141 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 8 / 1
Jay Cutler may have left Denver this past off-season, but apparently the Denver has not left Cutler. He managed the game well enough in Week 4 against the Lions, mixing the pass in well enough to compliment a strong ground attack, but his highlight came on a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Channeling his best John Elway impersonation, Cutler leaped at the goal line and helicoptered through a tackle, landing in the end zone for the score. Cutler was also limited without a healthy Devin Hester and a Detroit secondary focused upon TE Greg Olsen, but he should easily remain as fantasy starting QB after the Week 5 bye.
Week 6 vs. ATL
Passing: 27 - 43, 300 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 3 / 34 / 0
Cutler's final numbers will look good in the box score however he had a very up and down performance this week. Quite honestly he could have had a huge game and led his team to a somewhat easy win, but instead he turned the ball over in the red zone and had two other drives stall inside the 10. Cutler got off to a fast start completing his first six passes before throwing a red zone INT. (His third red zone INT of the season) Cutler was shown multiple blitz packages early as well, however he was able to stand in the pocket on a play fake and took a hit to deliver a nice down field throw to Earl Bennett. Cutler showed a very nice touch on a TD pass to Johnny Knox early in the 2nd quarter but then he overthrew TE Greg Olsen for his 2nd INT. Other highlights included Cutler hanging in the pocket and taking a big hit to deliver a circus pass to Desmond Clark inside the 1 yd line. On the games final drive he scrambled for 30 yards, making tacklers miss along the way with some shifty moves. However in the end he was not able to deliver the tying TD toss and the Bears flamed out in the red zone in the final minute. Uneven.
Week 7 vs. CIN
Passing: 26 - 37, 251 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 3 / 4 / 0
Cutler didn't play as badly as his stat line would indicate. The first interception he threw wasn't totally his fault, as Earl Bennett made a half-hearted play on a pass that the defender anticipated. Cutler worked hard to move the offense against a Bengals defense that was working even harder. Cutler was under heavy pressure all day, but he did move the offense at the end of the first half. Time ran out of them and the Bears had to settle for a field goal. Cutler threw another pair of interceptions after moving the offense well early in the second half - bad throws, forcing the ball to Greg Olsen and Earl Bennett in triple coverage. Cutler finally found Devin Hester in the end zone after the game was decided.
Week 8 vs. CLE
Passing: 17 - 30, 225 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 5 / 32 / 0
Cutler was efficient and accurate downfield, completing 20 of 25 targets to his top four pass catchers. He showed a strong arm, often fitting the ball into tight windows down the sideline and over the middle. At times, he held onto the ball a little long and his eyes went to the pass rush too often, missing open hot receivers while taking a sack. Other times, he stood tall in the pocket and took a hit while delivering an accurate ball. He was also effective scrambling out of the pocket.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Passing: 29 - 47, 369 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 17 / 0
Cutler's main problem was that the Bears defense couldn't slow down the Cardinals, and so he was playing from behind the entire game. He started and ended the game well, but it wasn't enough to overcome a big deficit. On the first series, Cutler threw a perfect sideline bomb to Hester for 42 yards and followed it up with another awesome deep throw, this time to Greg Olsen in end zone. He trusts his receivers to make the catch and gives them a chance even when covered. The downside of this is that he made a lot of risky plays --- but the good ones, were very good. When in trouble, he made some questionable (read: desperate) throws, but again this had more to do with the Bears playing catch up all day long. Cutler spread the ball around enough for four receivers to have productive games.
Week 10 vs. SF
Passing: 29 - 52, 307 yards, 0 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Cutler threw five interceptions in a woeful performance against the 49ers on Thursday night. Victimized by five different San Francisco defenders, not all of the interceptions were quite his fault, yet the decisions he made were highly questionable. Cutler's first pick was thrown into triple coverage in the end zone, while WR Devin Hester slipped on his cut and fell down on the second pick. The third one occurred thanks to Devin Hester getting bumped off his crossing route by the umpire and the next one was TE Kellen Davis being thrown ahead of but was beaten to the ball by S Mark Roman. Appropriately enough, Cutler's last throw of the game was picked in the end zone by S Michael Lewis as San Francisco was defending against any touchdown throw with just seconds to play. Cutler did amass over 300 yards passing but it took over 50 throws and this was clearly a night to forget for the Chicago quarterback. Cutler now has a commanding league lead in interceptions thrown this year with 17.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Passing: 24 - 43, 171 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Jay Cutler did not look like himself at all this week. Of course he is often a mixed bag as it is, however he plays the part of a gunslinger very well in both good times and bad. However, this week he played tentative and tried too hard to not make mistakes. He had plenty of chances to make big plays in this game but repeatedly failed to cash in. Cutler had no accuracy on his deep balls, and showed poor mechanics throwing off his back foot while falling away from pressure often. Despite his erratic play he still had a shot to lead the Bears to a late come from behind win, however he threw a game closing interception with just under a minute to play. He was also nearly intercepted on the first possession, but Philadelphia's Quintin Mikell couldn't hang onto the ball. Cutler continues to be a huge disappointment for the Bears, and unless he goes on an unbelievable run to close the season the Bears will fail to make the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.
Week 12 vs. MIN
Passing: 18 - 23, 147 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 3 / 16 / 0
Cutler spent the majority of the game running for his life or flat on his back. The entire second half of the game was a lesson in futility for the Bears, where Cutler attempted only seven passes, completed two of them for six yards and was sacked four times for a loss of 21 total yards. Only four of his first half passes were for more than 10 yards, and two of them were short dump offs to Matt Forte. His best pass was to Johnny Knox on the TD pass where he threw a beautiful rainbow that Knox caught over his shoulder in the end zone to tie the game in the second quarter. His first interception was underthrown and the second one was a strange play where the ball popped up in the air when Earl Bennett was hit as he caught it. By the end of the game, Cutler was visibly dejected and frustrated with the team in general. His main target was Greg Olsen, but of the seven catches that he had, none were for more than nine yards. Not exactly quality fantasy numbers.
Week 13 vs. STL
Passing: 8 - 17, 143 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Cutler wasn't asked to do much, but he did enough. The Bears day was jumpstarted by a nice deep ball to Devin Hester and pass interference penalty in the end zone drawn by an accurate Cutler throw to Johnny Knox. Cutler also hit Earl Bennett in the middle of the field just about in stride to set up his 71 yard catch and run. His nice throw on the move set up a first and goal, but the successive fades to Earl Bennett and Devin Hester couldn't seal the deal. Cutler did hurt his hand, which might have led to him throwing less as the game went on. He was off on a later throw out of the end zone that could have been picked - reminded us of his erratic decision-making. He looked relaxed out there, but did miss a chance to extend a game-killing drive with a high throw. This game suggested the qualities that made Cutler an upside fantasy QB, but one that also disappoints frequently.
Week 14 vs. GB
Passing: 23 - 36, 209 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
As usual, Cutler made some plays that showed you why the Bears would bank their future on him, and he made some plays that made you wonder why any team would bank their future on him. Cutler used his prodigious arm strength to make many spot on throws downfield, including the perfect TD throw to Johnny Knox. He also demonstrated great timing with Knox and Devin Aromashodu on back shoulder throws, and he kept his eyes downfield to make a throw downfield to Knox after the play broke down. Cutler even had a long run negated by a penalty. On the other hand, Cutler made a terrible flat-footed throw for an INT, and he was rushed on a corner blitz for another INT that turned the game after the Bears had taken a second-half lead. Cutler's mechanics were inconsistent and he seemed to have some miscommunication with his wideouts. He also overthrew Greg Olsen when he was open deep, and once again did not make the plays when the game was on the line. Another disappointing game in a disappointing season for Cutler.
Week 15 vs. BAL
Passing: 10 - 27, 94 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 4 / 23 / 0
Even though Cutler had some of the worst numbers of his career, on the way to the worst season of his career, he did move the offense well in the first half. He showed that with good mechanics, he can put the ball anywhere he wants downfield on a rope. Still, when his mechanics and composure left him, he was beyond terrible. Cutler's first INT was a blind throw to a well-covered receiver, his second was a tipped ball by a rushing linebacker in the red zone, and his third INT was a throw to a well-covered receiver when the game was in hand for the Ravens. Cutler and his receivers were off on timing based throws in the end zone on the drive that ended with an incompletion to Greg Olsen on 4th and goal. His mechanics and execution got worse as the game went on. Cutler's body language showed that he was discouraged after a few early setbacks in a scene we've watched many times this year. Cutler did run well when given the chance, but that was one of the only positives in this game from the disappointing would-be franchise QB. In Cutler's defense, he was often under intense pressure, although he didn't handle that pressure well.
Week 16 vs. MIN
Passing: 20 - 35, 273 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 10 / 0
Cutler had his best game of the year, but it wasn't without its shaky moments. He moved around well and created throwing lanes and new looks when his initial reads weren't there. Cutler's prodigious arm was on display because his mechanics were sound - he put the ball on the money downfield time after time. He broke a tackle in a collision as a runner to get the crowd fired up and played with confidence all night. Cutler did almost have an early INT when he stared down Desmond Clark, and an ill-advised second half throw on 3rd and long into double coverage was picked to let the Vikings back in the game. Cutler was also off on his deep targets to Aromashodu and Knox in regulation, missing one because it was thrown inside when the receiver was open outside, and overthrowing the other two. He recovered in overtime to hit Aromashodu for the game-winner. This performance will go a long way toward giving the Bears offense something to build on in the offseason.
Week 17 vs. DET
Passing: 22 - 36, 276 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
Cutler had his best game as a Bear, finishing with 276 yards passing, 4 TDS, no turnovers and set a team record for most completions by a Chicago QB in a season with 336. It capped off a strong finish by Cutler, who had 549 yards passing, 8 TDS and only 1 INT over his final two games. Cutler started off hot, completing his first five passes for the game. He then hit a slump, with his next five passes falling incomplete. He then settled down and hit 17 of his last 22 passes, including four red zone TD passes. In fact, his final two attempts were TD passes to Desmond Clark and Devin Aromashodu. Once Cutler settled down, he kept the offense moving. He spread the ball around, completing passes to seven different Chicago receivers, and rolling out to avoid pressure from a blitz-happy Detroit defense. His best play came mid-way through the fourth quarter when Cutler was under pressure, stepped up and hit Devin Hester deep down the middle of the field. Hester broke free of the DBS and ran for a big 48 yard gain before being taken down from behind. Cutler's strong finish and the emergence of 3rd year receiver Devin Aromashodu gives the Bears hope that their 2010 season might not be as bad as many initially feared.