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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): The stats were there, but completely in garbage time, as the Bears seem to have bottomed out as a team heading into their bye. Cutler has still produced like a fantasy QB1, but there is a bit of fear that his numbers will start matching his performances, especially with Brandon Marshall's level of play still not where it used to be.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 at CAR 28 36 289 2 2 3 22 1 1
6 at ATL 26 38 381 1 0 5 11 0 0
7 vs MIA 21 34 190 1 1 2 3 0 1
8 at NE 20 30 227 3 1 1 6 0 1

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (26 / 38 / 381 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)

Cutler had his third interception-free game of the season in Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons. It just so happens that the Bears are 3-0 when Cutler doesn't throw the ball to the other team. Sunday's performance was Cutler's best of the season. He didn't force anything; he took what was given to him. In the first half, Cutler used the middle of the field with running back Matt Forte and pass-catchers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Cutler's 381 passing yards include a 47-yard completion to Marshall and a 74-yard completion to Jeffery, the latter of which likely would have gone for six had Cutler put a touch more air under the ball. Marshall, Jeffery and Forte combined to catch 21 Cutler passes for 326 yards. In the previous two games, Cutler and the Bears had been playing a dink-and-dunk style of offense, choosing to throw to Forte in the flat and on screens while Marshall and Jeffery recovered from various injuries. Both members of the NFL's best receiving duo now are healthy, and Cutler's stat line reaped the benefits Sunday.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (21 / 34 / 190 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Cutler's performance Sunday likely had a lot of folks scratching their heads considering what the Bears' quarterback did in the previous week against the Falcons. Two weeks ago, Cutler threw for 381 yards with a touchdown in a turnover-free game. Sunday against the Dolphins was a much different story, as Cutler had two turnovers (one INT, one fumble) to go along with 190 passing yards on 34 attempts. The Bears' offensive game plan did not set up well against the Dolphins. Cutler had little trouble completing the short pass, but moving the ball downfield was another issue entirely. Cutler passing: Behind line of scrimmage to 9 yards: 16 of 17 for 111 yards and one touchdown. 10-plus yards from line of scrimmage: 5 of 14 for 79 yards and one interception. This has become a trend of late, minus the Atlanta game. When Matt Forte has 21 and 19 more receptions, respectively, than Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, you know the quarterback isn't having success down the field. One week Cutler is the hero; the next week he's the goat. If you're looking for consistent production from your quarterback, you might want to look elsewhere.

2014 Week 8 vs NE (20 / 30 / 227 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Despite being blown out by the Patriots, Cutler found a way to put up some decent numbers. The Bears' quarterback threw three touchdowns to only one interception while completing 60 percent of his passes. From a winning and losing perspective, Cutler hasn't been a good quarterback this season. He's committed 12 turnovers (eight INTs, four fumbles lost) in eight games in which the Bears carry a very underwhelming 3-5 record. Cutler is not connecting with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery like he was last season, when the quarterback wasn't injured. Something should be said about the job of head coach Marc Trestman in relation to Cutler's struggles. Opposing defenses, on a weekly basis, allow the Bears to use the middle of the field while taking away anything deep. Cutler and the Bears offense have not been able to piece together long enough drives to reach the end zone without a vertical attack. Establishing the run has been an afterthought this season for the Bears, which has allowed cornerbacks and safeties to smother Bears receivers in the early stages of their routes. But the lack of a vertical presence also falls on Marshall and Jeffery. Neither one of them has been able to create separation on a consistent basis, which forces Cutler to throw into traffic on a regular basis. We saw it Sunday against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Cutler now heads into the bye week needing to get his mind right before the Bears try to right the ship in the second half. It's going to start with him.

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Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler turning ball over frequently (Mon Oct 20, 12:10 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler threw an interception and fumbled twice in the team's Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Cutler has turned the ball over multiple times in all four of the team's losses this year, but he hasn't turned the ball over once in any of the team's three wins.

Our View: The opposition has had a field day when playing against the Bears. Opponents have scored 37 total points off Cutler's turnovers in 2014. The Dolphins sacked Cutler three times, and he somehow managed only 190 yards and a passing touchdown in Week 7.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall unhappy with QB (Sun Oct 19, 06:09 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said Sunday, Oct. 19. The source said there 'are some very selfish individuals in the locker room.' But it's not out of the ordinary for Marshall to strongly voice his opinion to Cutler, as the two are close friends off the field. Marshall also reportedly yelled at PK Robbie Gould.

Our View: This is probably something would stand out less if Marshall and Cutler didn't have pre-existing narratives that are continued with this story. It shouldn't affect your view of them heading into a "get well" game against the weak Patriots defense.
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Schedule

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