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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 Sep 29): Cutler didn't live up to the shootout first half of the loss to the Packers, with no scores in the second half, but the running game was on fire and if Cutler cuts down on turnovers just a bit and gets his receivers back to 100%, he'll remain a strong QB1.

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Jay Cutler led the Bears to 500 yards of total offense against the Packers last week, including 22/34 for 256 yards passing. He had two TDs as well, but two inopportunely timed interceptions broke open the game in the second half for the Packers. Ultimately, the Bears lost 17-38. Cutler hit the usual suspects in the passing game: Martellus Bennett continued his hot September with 11 targets for 9/134/0 receiving; Matt Forte (six for 5/49/0), Alshon Jeffery (seven for 4/39/1) and Brandon Marshal (six for 2/19/1) were all also heavily involved in the game plan, though Marshall was mostly running short routes due to his sore ankle. There are rumbles that Marshall may be headed for a week off due to his nagging injury - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for his practice status running up to this weekend. The Panthers' rush D has fallen apart over the last two weeks, and they weren't too hot in this phase of the game either during that span, allowing five passing scores vs. zero interceptions while generating just one sack for -6 yards of Ben Roethlisberger (22/30 for 196 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions). They didn't sack Joe Flacco at all last week (22/31 for 327 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions). This looks like a great matchup for Cutler and whichever of the Bears' receivers play on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs BUF 34 49 349 2 2 0 0 0 0
2 at SF 23 34 176 4 0 5 25 0 0
3 at NYJ 23 38 225 2 0 5 14 0 1
4 vs GB 22 34 256 2 2 3 29 0 0
5 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 3 * * *
5 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 3 * * *
5 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 22 34 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SF (23 / 34 / 176 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 25 / 0 rush)

Who knew Jay Cutler was capable of the performance we saw Sunday night in the Bears' win over the 49ers. Cutler struggled mightily in the first half, not necessarily because he wasn't playing well, he just didn't have much to work with, talent-wise. Receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery both entered Sunday's game with injuries, and both were visibly hampered by said injuries. As a result, San Francisco's corners gave zero respect to the Bears' passing game. But that all changed at halftime. The Bears went to half down 17-7, only to come back behind Cutler's arm, some timely pass interference and illegal contact penalties along with a strong defensive performance. What we saw from Cutler was something new and different. We saw a guy who didn't put his head down and pout when things weren't going his way. We didn't see a guy who argued with his teammates when the Bears couldn't move the ball. We saw a guy who took what the night gave him and adjusted his own game. Cutler used Marshall and Jeffery in an entirely different manner in the second half. Instead of constantly trying to push the ball down the field with deep passes, Cutler used all aspects of the field, eventually throwing four touchdowns to zero turnovers. A lot was riding on this game for Cutler after his performance last week. We saw a new and improved Cutler on Sunday night -- a leader of men.

2014 Week 3 vs NYJ (23 / 38 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)

The Chicago Bears went into New York on Monday night with a game plan that was centered around throwing the ball. Cutler played his role almost perfectly. The Bears' quarterback threw for 225 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and one fumble lost in Monday's win over the Jets. Despite the fumble, Cutler allowed the game to come to him. He wasn't forcing throws every time he dropped back. He wasn't unnecessarily throwing off his back foot. He took chances when there were chances to be had. The Bears' offense has been extremely pass heavy in this season (Week 1: 73.1 percent pass; Week 2: 66.6 percent pass; Week 3: 64.6 percent pass). As a result, Cutler has been tasked with leading the charge on offense. Matt Forte has struggled of late and hasn't been counted on for much of anything. Cutler has managed to become a top-five fantasy quarterback, recording nearly 62 points (standard scoring) in three games. His eight touchdowns rank second in the NFL. Most of Cutler's success has taken place with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery playing at less than 100 percent. Cutler has six touchdown passes and zero interceptions those two games. Trestman and Cutler seem to have found a winning formula since the Week 1 debacle against Buffalo. Whether or not Cutler can continue playing this role is to be determined.

2014 Week 4 vs GB (22 / 34 / 256 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)

Cutler owners must have been jumping for joy after the first half of Sunday's game against the Packers. Cutler was 15 of 21 for 173 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Bears hadn't yet punted the ball, because Cutler was moving the team up and down the field. The second half, however, was an entirely different story for Cutler and those owners who were wanting more points. Cutler completed just seven passes on 15 attempts for 83 yards with two interceptions in the second half. The first interception happened when Cutler tried to force a throw up the seam to Josh Morgan. Packers corner Tramon Williams broke on the ball and tipped it to Clay Matthews. It was an unnecessary throw. The second interception wasn't really Cutler's fault at all. Brandon Marshall elected to run his route downfield, instead of curling at the 18-yard mark, as coach Marc Trestman said Marshall was supposed to do. The Bears didn't score after halftime. Cutler's good/bad switch had been flipped. Fantasy owners were left feeling sadness. The day could have gone better for Cutler, obviously. What you saw from Cutler on Sunday is what you'll see about once every four games. Even in the loss with the two picks, Cutler still gave you 20-plus fantasy points. That's not a terrible outing. With the weapons he has available to him, it will be hard for Cutler to have a bad game, numbers-wise.fforte

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Schedule

5@ Carolina Panthers
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs Miami Dolphins
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Minnesota Vikings
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings