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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 Oct 20): You never want your fantasy QB in the middle of a locker room conflagration, but Cutler has been in the middle of storms before and emerged to be the same player he was before. It's hard to imagine the Bears passing offense staying down for long, especially with the Patriots coming up.

General News (Tue Oct 21): 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.

Week 8: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jay Cutler had a rough game vs. Miami, with 21/34 for 190 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, and three sacks taken for -18 yards. Though Alshon Jeffery (seven targets for 2/9/0 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (10 for 6/48/0) saw plenty of passes last week, there was reportedly an altercation between Cutler and his star receivers after the 14-27 loss. Martellus Bennett chipped in five receptions for 58 yards receiving and Matt Forte handled the TD pass with seven targets for 6/60/1. We'll see if the airing of differences helps get Cutler and company back in synch for week 8. The Patriots' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 18 sacks (tied-10th) generated to date. Geno Smith was limited to 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions, while the defensive front caused three sacks for -21 yards of offense. Two games back, Kyle Orton threw 24/38 for 268 net yards, two TDs and one interception, while being sacked five times for -31 yards. However, on Tuesday the news broke out of Boston that Chandler Jones has a hip injury that may cost him a month of games - Jones is the Patriots' best pass rusher, so Cutler has caught a break for this game. Keep an eye on the Patriots Wednesday injury report on forwards, and remember that the Patriots play games with those reports - bottom line is that it looks like Jones is out for this game. This is a tough matchup for Cutler and company, though not as tough as it was when Jones was still expected to be in the lineup.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 vs GB 22 34 256 2 2 3 29 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 3 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 25 38 * * * 3 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Bloom 23 36 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CAR (28 / 36 / 289 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 22 / 1 rush)

If you only saw the box score, you likely would think Cutler had a great great. The Bears' quarterback completed 78 percent of his passes for 289 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Not bad, 'eh? But if you actually did see the game, you'd know that it was Cutler's two interceptions that pretty much sealed the Bears' fate once again. Cutler has thrown four interceptions in the last two weeks, after throwing zero in the two weeks prior. While the Bears cannot overcome Cutler's turnovers, there's a good chance your fantasy team can. As long as he's throwing more touchdowns than interceptions and throwing for 250-plus yards per week, you're golden. Cutler still is doomed by the forced throw. He's becoming one of the best at looking completely and utterly dejected after making a throw he knows he never should have made. Of Cutler's 28 completions against Carolina, only 10 of them were by the hands of wide receivers. Running back Matt Forte finished with 12 receptions; and tight ends Martellus Bennett and Dante Rosario had three each. Sunday's game is the first time all season when Cutler has favored Forte over anyone else, mostly because Carolina's secondary did a halfway decent job of locking down Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Cutler, on very few occasions, attempted downfield passes. His longest completion of the day, aside from the 56-yard pitch and run by Forte, was a 36-yard completion by Jeffery. As long as your fantasy league doesn't dock teams for starting a losing quarterback, you're going to be good to go with Cutler all season long. Along with consistently finding ways to throw poorly timed interceptions, he's also found ways to rack up fantasy points in 2014.

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.

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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

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