A closer look at Cutler vs. Green Bay

A closer look at Cutler vs. Green Bay
December 28, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The numbers have been well-recited. Since entering the NFL, Jay Cutler is 1-8 against the Green Bay Packers (including one game with the Denver Broncos). The individual stats have reflected that. Acknowledging that poor protection plays a factor in this, here are details and implications of how Cutler's interceptions have had on the outcome of Bears-Packers contests since his arrival in Chicago:

Date Game Result Jay Cutler's Performance Notes
9/13/09 21-15 Loss 1 TD, 4 INT

GB turned one pickoff into a touchdown (seven points) in a six-point game.

12/13/09 21-14 Loss 2 TD, 2 INT

GB turned two picks into a field goal & touchdown/two-pointer (11 pts) in a seven-point game.

9/27/10 20-17 Win 1 TD, 1 INT

Helped by 18 Packers penalties & a late James Jones fumble leading to game-winning field goal.

1/2/11 10-3 Loss 0 TD, 2 INT

Second pick with :10 left after driving Bears from own two to GB 32.

1/23/12 21-14 Loss 0 TD, 1 INT

Lone pick came on final throw of first half from GB 42, in which he was injured.

9/13/12  23-10 Loss 1 TD, 4 INT 

Two picks lead to 10 points in a 13-point loss (one GB TD scored on fake FG)

9/25/12 27-17 Loss 2 TD, 2 INT Neither pick results in points for Packers.
12/16/12 21-13 Loss 1 TD, 1 INT

Lone pick leads to a Packers TD (seven points) in eight-point loss.

With the exception of the first meeting of 2012, the overall defensive efforts -- by points allowed, with Cutler's help or not -- kept Aaron Rodgers and company to a number Mel Tucker, Marc Trestman and company would envy this weekend. Cutler didn't have the weapons he has now, but the defense now obviously isn't what it was then. That makes it all the more imperative for Cutler to be smart and efficient with those weapons to keep his team in Sunday's game, and potentially lead them past their arch-rivals into the playoffs as NFC North champions.

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