Jay Cutler, once again directing an offense without most or all its top offensive weapons, had his first multi-interception game of the season, a mark of distinction for a quarterback whose commitment to ball security began before training camp and has held generally well before Sunday. Pressure contributed to some of the interceptions and resulted in Cutler being sacked four times, second only to the five at Minnesota.
“I think when we look at the tape, you’ll see that maybe there are other individuals [Lions and pass blockers[ that had to do with that,” said coach John Fox.
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Cutler completed 17 of 23 passes for 245 yards and touchdowns to Matt Forte and Josh Bellamy. The 97.5 passer rating with his sixth-highest this season. Obviously, a tip here, a tip there, somebody hitting his arm or his throwing motion, you look at the numbers and the turnover ratio isn't what we wanted,” said tackle Kyle Long. But Jay played his butt off today. It was a gutty performance and it's a shame we couldn't pull it out for him."
Moon's Grade: B+
Jay Cutler posted a career-best season passer rating of 92.3 and his 3,659 passing yards were the fourth-highest of his career despite missing six quarters early in the year with injuries. His interception rate of 2.3 percent was second only to his abbreviated 2011 season (2.2) and his overall leadership of the offense was the best of his seven Bears seasons.
“Jay's so much more focused,” said Long. “I can do everything in my power to be as focused as possible and Jay will be double that focus. That's just who he is.”
Moon's QB Season Grade: A
The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.
It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.
Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.
Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.
Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.
On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.
Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.
Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams.
Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs?
The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD.
Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week?
You can take a look here and see where they landed.