Week 2 Bears Grades: Quarterbacks

Week 2 Bears Grades: Quarterbacks
September 15, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Jay Cutler completed 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, the last at the end of a game-winning drive. More important, he exercised leadership with the game on the line and succeeded in elevating the entire offense in the process.

His two interceptions and a lost fumble on a blind-side sack were significant negatives on the day. And while completing 13 of 19 passes in the first half, it was an erratic half, with the ball in his hands far too long on too many snaps.

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A Cutler throw to Brandon Marshall in the fourth quarter was intercepted by Harrison Smith when it was not thrown to a point where Marshall or no one was catching it. That was the second trip inside the Vikings’ end of the field with no points in the span of 16 second-half minutes.

But the bigger issue was play with the game on the line and Cutler was 7-for-10 for 76 yards on the final drive. A second comeback win in as many weeks starts with the quarterback and this one finished with him as well.

“Jay distributing the ball and keeping his poise,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He had moments of adversity in this game. He never flinched and the guys around him never did either.”

Rest of Week 2 Report Card

Grades: Coaching
Grades: Running backs
Grades: Wide receivers
Grades: Offensive line
Grades: Defensive line
Grades: Linebackers
Grades: Secondary
Grades: Special teams