For most of the first 56 minutes of the Green Bay game, Jay Cutler was the epitome of efficient, just as coordinator Adam Gase had intended him and the offense to be. Cutler was out-stat’ed by Aaron Rodgers throughout the game, yet because of keeping the offense moving, the Bears led at halftime and trailed by just one after three quarters.
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As important as the score, Cutler had the confidence and added to the confidence of his teammates. "Jay was lights out,” said tackle Kyle Long. “You can't ask for a more gritty performance by Jay. Getting out of the pocket, making plays with this legs and keeping the ball away from the defense… .
"Jay is aces. That's how he's been, that's how he is.”
Cutler finished with a modest 18 of 36 for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception, all for a sub-standard passer rating of 67.5, his third-lowest in a complete game over the past three seasons and in fact right at his career average (67.1) for the 12 Green Bay games in his career. Unfortunately that is part of why he is 1-11 for his career against the Packers.
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“I thought Jay did a real good job,” coach John Fox said. “His pocket awareness – he had a couple of scrambles in there that I thought were heads-up plays.”
The interception by Clay Matthews was devastating but more the result of a great trailing play by the Green Bay linebacker. It was still one more turnover than the Bears could afford and the overall did not qualify as a top performance, just one with a different, more in-command feel that so many of Cutler’s in the past, particularly against Green Bay.
Moon's Grade: C-