Tracking Cutler's recovery

How does the Bears QB perform after a terrible game?

September 20, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

Jay Cutler had a rough game last week against Green Bay—his 28.2 passer rating was the second worst of his Bears career. But the NFL has a short memory, and you're only as good (or bad) as your last game. What will Bears fans be saying Monday? RedEye takes a look at some of Cutler's worst games as a Bear and his follow-up performances.

THE BAD WEEK

2009, Week 1: Green Bay 21, Bears 15

Rating: 43.2

The Jay Cutler Hype Machine began in September 2009 with a nationally-televised loss to the Packers. Cutler threw for 277 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted four times, including a game-ending pick to Al Harris.

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2009, Week 2: Bears 17, Pittsburgh 14

Rating: 104.7

Cutler bagged his first Bears win a week later, throwing two scores and no interceptions as a Robbie Gould field goal with 20 seconds remaining upended the defending champion Steelers.

THE BAD WEEK

2009, Week 9: San Francisco 10, Bears 6

Rating: 33.6

This is one of several candidates for Cutler's worst game as a Bear: He threw for 307 yards but was intercepted five times. His first came on third-and-goal from the 1, and his last came on second-and-10 from the 49ers' 12.

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2009, Week 10: Philadelphia 24, Bears 20

Rating: 63.2

A week later against the Eagles, Cutler's only interception killed a potential game-winning drive for the Bears.

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2009, Week 15: Baltimore 31, Bears 7

Rating: 7.9

You read that correctly: His rating was 7.9. Cutler finished 10-for-27 for 94 yards and three interceptions in this abysmal beatdown.

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2009, Week 16: Bears 36, Vikings 30 (OT)

Rating: 108.4

Eureka! Cutler led the Bears to a win over Brett Favre and the division-leading Vikings. Cutler tossed four TDs, including the 39-yard game winner in overtime to Devin Aromashodu.

THE BAD WEEK

2010, Week 4: Giants win, 17-3

Rating: 40.7

This was the first time Bears fans actually felt bad for Jay Cutler after one of his horrendous performances. He was sacked nine times and was knocked from the game, missing a week of action.

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2010, Week 6: Seahawks win, 23-20

Rating: 69.4

Hey, at least his passer rating went up! Still dinged up from the Giants game, Jay threw for 290 yards but no touchdowns.

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2010, Week 7: Redskins win, 17-14

Rating: 54.3

You remember this one: Washington CB DeAngelo Halltied an NFL record by intercepting four passes, including one he returned 92 yards for the game’s final points.

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2010, Week 9: Bears beat the Bills 22-19

Rating: 97.6

The Buffalo Bills: they cure what ails ya! Playing after the bye week, Cutler starts the game with a TD to Greg Olsen and ends it with fourth-quarter game-winner to Earl Bennett as the Bears begin a five-game winning streak.

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2010, Week 14: Patriots win, 36-7

Rating: 32.9

The Bears get smoked by New England on a snowy day at Soldier Field, trailing 33-0 at halftime and finally scoring on a 1-yard run by Chester Taylor. Tom Bradythrew for 217 more yards than Cutler–so much for home-field advantage.

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2010, Week 15: Bears beat the Vikings 40-14

Rating: 106.6

Victory! This time the Bears are on the right side of an offensive masterpiece, as Cutler tossed three TDs in a dominant "Monday Night Football" win.

THE BAD WEEK

2010-11, Week 17: Green Bay 10, Bears 3

Rating: 43.5

Everybody remembers the NFC championship game, but the Bears had a chance to knock Green Bay out of the playoffs in this Week 17 showdown at Lambeau. Instead, Cutler threw two picks, including a game-ender with 20 seconds left. (Wait, haven't I written that like five times already?)

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2010-11, divisional playoffs: Bears 35, Seattle 24

Rating: 111.3

No Week 17 hangover for Cutler, who opened his postseason debut with a 58-yard TD to Greg Olsen as the Bears built a 28-0 lead and hung on for the win.

THE BAD WEEK

2011, Week 4: Bears 34, Carolina 29

Rating: 46.7

This is the fluky duo of this list. His 46.7 passer rating is his career low in a victory.

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2011, Week 5: Detroit 24, Bears 13

Rating: 99.6

One week later, Cutler posted his highest passer rating in a loss. Thank God this list is over. May we never need to update it.

Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye. Say hey @readjack.

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