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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 15): Cutler endured having two banged up starting receivers and a snooze-inducing first half to throw four scores (with some help from Colin Kaepernick and the defense). Facing the Jets porous secondary in Week 3 on Monday night Football, Cutler's stock will continue to rise.

Week 3: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was limited for most of the game against San Francisco, but a series of late turnovers fueled his stat line by providing easily-reached red-zone opportunities. When the dust settled on the Bears' comeback win, he'd pitched 23/34 for 176 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions. He did all the above after taking a vicious crown-of-the-helmet hit to his chest, which he described after the game as 'feeling like my chest hit my backbone'. It was quite a display of toughness on Cutler's part. Brandon Marshall powered through a sore ankle to haul in 5/48/3 (eight targets) on the night, while Martellus Bennett handled eight targets for 7/37/1 receiving. Alshon Jeffery, also nursing a sore ankle, managed six targets for 3/47/0 receiving - the Bears' walking wounded got the job done last week, but stay tuned to's Players in the News for their practice status later in the week as both Marshall and Jeffery were clearly gimpy during the game. The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th after two games, averaging 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (they have six sacks to date, tied for sixth in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary for 25/42 yielding 310 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (four sacks taken for -36 yards). Once the Jets were past the rookie Derek Carr in Week 1, their secondary was exposed by Rodgers and company. Cutler and company have a good matchup, and as the Jets' rush D is so stout, look for Cutler and whoever is healthy enough to take the field on Sunday to have a solid game against the suspect Jets' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 2 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 3 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 24 35 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BUF (34 / 49 / 349 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

This is supposed to be the season Jay Cutler puts it all together to become that top-tier quarterback many have said he never will be. While one week is far too small of a sample size, we did see quite a bit of the same Sunday in the loss to Buffalo. From a fantasy perspective, that's OK, too. Cutler put up approximately 22 fantasy points against the Bills, a total of 349 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Cutler's 349 yards is up from his 2013 per-game average of 238. Again, it's only one game. A stat that might make you think Cutler can keep up the pace is his completion percentage. The Bears' quarterback tossed the rock at a 63 percent rate in 2013. Against the Bills, he was up near 70 percent. For the most part, Cutler's decision-making was improved. He made smart decisions to check down instead of putting the ball in a place where it could get picked. That's partially why Matt Forte put up the numbers he did, but we'll get to Forte in a minute. Despite the improvement in overall totals, Cutler still made a few bad decisions, and those bad decisions led to two interceptions -- both of which could have been avoided. Overall, Cutler appeared to have a good feel for the pocket. He was sacked twice, but that is partially due to losing two members of his offensive line early in the game. Protection from the line could be an issue moving forward, as center Roberto Garza and guard Matt Slauson all could miss extended time. Here's a good way to diagnose Cutler's performance: He did more to help you win your fantasy title than he helped the Bears get closer to a Super Bowl title. One thing to keep an eye on is the health of receiver Alshon Jeffery.

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.


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