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QB Jimmy Clausen - Chicago Bears

6-3, 222Born: 9-21-1987College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Thu Dec 18): will get the start this week as the team has benched Jay Cutler.

Week 16: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Everyone who watched the Bears play on Monday Night Football this week saw how unmotivated and generally poorly Jay Cutler is playing right now - he got spammed by the Saints' pass rushers for seven sacks totaling -41 yards, and hit another seven times for good measure. His passes were off-target for a good portion of the evening, leading to 17/31 for 194 yards passing, with three interceptions and two late, cheap TDs after New Orleans was in prevent mode (up 24-0 at the end of the third quarter). Marquess Wilson did snag a TD after being catapulted into the starting lineup due to Brandon Marshall's season-ending ribs injury (five targets for 3/16/1 receiving for Wilson), and Martellus Bennett handled six for 4/36/0 during the game. Alshon Jeffery got a last-minute TD to salvage his fantasy outing (nine for 4/78/1), but the malaise of the playing-out-the-string Cutler infected the entire passing attack which looked lethargic and apathetic for much of the game. Uh oh, Bears' fans. The Lions' pass D allowed 31/48 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -24 yards) back on Thanksgiving Day three weeks ago - since then, Josh McCown has slung 20/39 for 207 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (taking six sacks for -43 yards) and Teddy Bridgewater threw 31/41 for 284 net yards, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks taken for -41 yards) lsat week. As you can see, attacking Detroit is generally done in this phase of the game - the Lions do not shut down opposing passers they way they do opposing rushers, but they do generate a lot of turnovers (Detroit is tied for second in the NFL with 19 interceptions to their credit this year). Chicago looked so bad on Monday Night Football that we're calling this a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

16 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 21 35 * * * 2 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 24 38 * * * 3 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 21 40 * * * 2 * * *

Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler wants to stay in Chicago (Thu Dec 18, 07:34 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler hopes to stay with the team beyond the 2014 season. Cutler signed a seven-year, $126.7 million extension a few months ago and was benched Wednesday, Dec. 17, in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.

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Bears | Jimmy Clausen to start in Week 16 (Wed Dec 17, 06:34 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen will get the start in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, as the team has elected to bench QB Jay Cutler.

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Bears | Jay Cutler benched this week (Wed Dec 17, 06:34 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Our View: Should anyone be surprised? Cutler has phenomenal natural talent, but even Jeff George thinks he needs to play better. Cutler is a lot like George--big arm, big attitude, gets coaches fired, and never plays up to his potential. This move could be a last-ditch desperation move by Marc Trestman so he can keep his job as the head coach. We had high hopes for Trestman when he took over in Chicago, but he's been held back by Cutler's play. Oh yeah, it didn't help the Bears extended Cutler's contract in January of 2014 either. What a mess.
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