The interception: Whose fault?

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The interception: Whose fault?

Jay Cutler was given not only the No. 1 wide receiver he wanted (Brandon Marshall) but also the position coach he wanted (Jeremy Bates). Yet the turning point of the game arguably came when Cutler and wide receiver Devin Hester miscommunicated on a second-quarter pass that was intercepted to set up Green Bays go-ahead score.
Whose fault was it? The onus is usually on the receiver. It was difficult to get a clear answer in this case.
It was a route we had drawn up vs. two-man coverage, Hester said. Give them two steps to get them to bite and then. I guess we just werent on the same page. I guess it was just missed communication on both our parts but it was just a two-man route.
Cutler voiced some responsibility. You know, it came out of my hands. Im responsible, he said. Those things cant happen. Thats how you lose ballgames against good teams like that.
But Cutler wasnt going into the play any deeper.
Im not going to get into it, he said. Its my responsibility. Like I said, those things cant happen against teams like this. Thats how you lose ballgames.
The Packers turned the interception into seven points. Cutlers two interceptions last Sunday led to 14 points for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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