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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): It looks like Week 11 was the aberration for Cutler, not the new norm. He is not trustworthy in Week 13 and 16 against the Lions, and home games against Dallas and New Orleans in Weeks 14 and 15 are far from sure thing games for him.

Week 13: at Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears' passing attack continues to perform erratically entering the holiday week, with a mere 17/27 for 130 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown by Jay Cutler last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards) against the Buccaneers' 22nd-ranked pass D (that averages 252.1 net yards allowed per game) last week. However, Chicago was more explosive against the Vikings with 31/43 for 330 yards, three TDs and two interceptions thrown during Week 11. During that two-game winning streak, Alshon Jeffery has handled the most passes (21 targets for 14/157/2 receiving), followed by Brandon Marshall (15 for 10/122/2), Matt Forte (12 for 11/81/0) and Martellus Bennett (11 for 8/66/0). All four of Cutler's TD passes have gone to his two featured wideouts. The Lions' pass D was shredded by Tom Brady and company last week (38/53 for 349 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken) after losing a game in Arizona two weeks ago in which Drew Stanton also threw for over 300 yards (21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions) - the Lions' vaunted pass rush didn't produce a sack in either game. This unit is in crisis entering this key divisional matchup, friends. The Lions are now 15th in the NFL with 26 sacks generated, while the Bears rank 18th with 27 sacks allowed. Even though the Bears are on the road, the Lions' pass D is not playing well enough to claim an edge - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
10 at GB 22 37 272 1 2 2 0 0 1
11 vs MIN 31 43 330 3 2 5 21 0 0
12 vs TB 17 27 130 1 0 0 0 0 1
13 at DET PROJ-Dodds 25 38 * * * 3 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Tremblay 24 38 * * * 3 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Bloom 23 38 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs GB (22 / 37 / 272 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

QB Jay Cutler If you weren't already aware, Jay Cutler is not a good quarterback when the Packers are across the line the scrimmage. The Bears' quarterback added another three turnovers to his already sky-high total through nine games. Cutler now is tied with Blake Bortles for the league lead with 15. Despite the three turnovers, Cutler ended up throwing for 272 yards on 22-of-37 passing with one touchdown. Bears receivers dropped three passes on the day, but the drops wouldn't really have changed Cutler's performance. Cutler and the Bears offense looked underprepared Sunday night, which is an indictment of the coaching staff. Leading up to the game, head coach Marc Trestman repeatedly spoke of the need for balance in the offense in order for the offense, as a whole, to be successful. Trestman's idea of balance ended up being 37 Cutler throws to only 23 called runs. This has been the story all season long, and a large contributing factor to why Cutler is tied for the league lead in turnovers. Your best bet is to stay away from Jay for a few weeks while this Bears team figures out how to spend the remainder of the season. Even with two weeks of prep, Cutler couldn't manage to shake his demons against Green Bay.

2014 Week 11 vs MIN (31 / 43 / 330 / 3 / 2 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)

You take away two throws from Jay Cutler's performance against the Vikings and you're looking at a nearly-flawless game from the Bears' quarterback. Cutler was extremely Cutler-ey in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings. He completed 72 percent of his passes for 330 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. There was both good and bad, as the touchdowns were beautiful and the interceptions were head scratching. The Bears' offense, for the first time since the Oct. 12 win over Atlanta, appeared to be moving downfield with confidence. Cutler successfully took shots over the top. Matt Forte ran the ball well. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery returned to their 2013 form, combining for over 200 yards and three scores. What we were reminded of Sunday is that Cutler doesn't have to do it all by himself. He's surrounded by some of the best players at their respective positions. The two interceptions he threw were as boneheaded as they come. Even if he could cut the INTs down to one per game, that's one extra possession for him for accrue yards and touchdowns. Good news for Cutler owners: The Bears are 4-6 and need to get to 10 wins to have a shot at the postseason; meaning Cutler will need to put his best foot forward from here on out.

2014 Week 12 vs TB (17 / 27 / 130 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It's hard to find much positive in Jay Cutler's performance Sunday against the Buccaneers. The Chicago Bears' quarterback did very little to help his team win. Cutler likely did little to help your team win, too. Aside from throwing one touchdown to Alshon Jeffery, the best thing about Cutler's box score is the lack of an interception--the first time he's gone a game without a pick since Week 6. Only five of Cutler's 17 completions went for five yards or more, and only one completion went 20-plus yards. The Bears offense played dink and dunk all game long with very little variety. He was sacked three times, one sack-fumble from Gerald McCoy, which had Cutler looking a little jumpy in the pocket. Bears receivers did drop three passes on the day, two of which would have been first downs, which doesn't help momentum. Bottom line: Cutler needs to be better with what's given to him.

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Latest News

Bears | Mixed results for Jay Cutler (Sun Nov 16, 04:50 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler completed 72 percent of his throws for a 98.0 passer rating and three touchdowns in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. However, he also threw two interceptions.

Our View: Cutler was better, but a lot of his success was based on his receiver playing much better and finishing his aspirational throws with great plays. The Tampa defense ate up Robert Griffin III this week, but Cutler should still be in strong consideration to be in your lineup against them next week.
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Schedule

13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings