Clay Matthews couldn't resist taking a shot at Jay Cutler.
The Packers linebacker went full Charles Woodson — "Same old Jay" — when he hopped on the Rich Eisen Show on NFL Network Tuesday night:
“Listen, I always enjoyed playing against Jay,” Matthews said. “Obviously, he rubbed some fans the wrong way. I know people get on him about his nonchalant attitude, but I always enjoyed playing against him. I’m glad I got a lot of sacks against him. I’ll miss that the most. But hopefully the next in line in Chicago will be as equally willing to help me pad my stats.”
Now, Matthews does have more sacks — 8.5 — against Cutler than any other quarterback. That makes sense given the entire time Matthews has been in the NFL, Cutler has been the starting QB for a team in the Packers' division, meaning Matthews has had two chances a year to tee off on Cutler.
But Matthews' statement on "padding stats" also is curious given he hasn't had much success against Cutler or the Bears lately.
Matthews has 11.5 sacks the last two seasons...none of which came against the Bears.
In fact, the 31-year-old pass-rusher has just one sack against the Bears since 2013, and that came on Nov. 9, 2014, a fact Aaron Leming pointed out on Twitter:
That's five straight games against the Bears in which Matthews has not had a sack, though he's also been palying inside linebacker more and rushing the passer from the outside less due to injuries.
Still, Clay Matthews getting owned on Twitter is a great way to make a Bears fan's day.
Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents.
That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?
The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room).
So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure.
Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return.
“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”
If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length.
Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16
Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma (670TheScore.com) and Matt Zahn (CBS 2) join Kap on the panel. If the Bears lose badly to the Lions, should Sunday be John Fox’s last game?
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