Same old Jay? Not this time.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was having a near flawless day until disaster struck in the form of future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson. Stop if you've heard that before. But luckily for Cutler and the Bears, Cutler atoned for his error to lead Chicago to its first victory of the season.
Woodson, who once as a member of the Green Bay Packers stated that Cutler will always throw one to the opposing defense, picked off Cutler late in the fourth quarter with the Bears poised to take a two-score lead.
However, after a Raiders field goal with 2:05 remaining, Cutler marched the Bears 48 yards down the field to set up a game-winning Robbie Gould 49-yard field goal as Chicago beat Oakland, 22-20, at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon.
And the Bears offense ended the game just how how they started.
Operating like a well-oiled machine on its opening drive, despite losing starting center Will Montgomery to an ankle injury on the game's first play from scrimmage, the Bears easily moved the ball 80 yards down the field in six plays.
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Cutler showed no rust from a strained hamstring and completed four of his five passes on the drive. Cutler helped the Bears grab their first opening-drive touchdown of the season when he found Eddie Royal for a seven-yard score. It was Royal's first touchdown as a member of the Bears and first from Cutler since the duo connected against the Jets in Nov. 2008 as members of the Denver Broncos.
After showing signs of life in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Bears defense carried its momentum from the get-go, holding the Raiders to a measly 22 yards of offense in the first quarter.
However, after a bad punt by Spencer Lannnig - filling in for the injured Pat O'Donnell - the Raiders took over at midfield and found a crack in the Bears' defense. Derek Carr continued to show signs of growth when he delivered a strike to rookie sensation Amari Cooper for a 26-yard score to put Oakland in front.
The Raiders defense immediately put the ball back in the hands of its offense when they pounced on a Cutler-Matt Slauson fumbled snap. Just three plays later, Carr swung a pass out to second-string running back Roy Helu Jr., who put Bears inside linebacker Christian Jones in spin cycle for a four-yard touchdown reception.
But Cutler, just like he did before his injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, continued to show signs of improvement in Adam's Gase's offense.
Cutler engineered a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive, culminating in a five-yard touchdown reception by tight end Martellus Bennett late in the second half. The Bears took the lead just before the half on a 19-yard Gould field goal after the defense gifted the Bears a prime scoring opportunity from a Pernell McPhee interception of Carr.
Before Gould's game-winning field, the Bears and Raiders traded field goals in each quarter of the second half.
The Bears travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in Week 5 next Sunday.