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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 (Tue Sep 23): Cutler is still putting up good numbers every week despite both of his top-end wide receivers ailing with injuries for two weeks now. The Packers aren't an easy draw if they play the way they did vs. the Lions, but Cutler appears to be matchup-proof at this point, and his receivers will only get better as time heals their ailments.

Week 4: vs Green Bay Packers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

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 23 38 225 2 0 5 14 0 1
4 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 24 36 * * * 3 * * *
4 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 4 * * *

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.

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.


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