Jay Cutler is a Hall of Famer.
After this weekend, there won't be any disputing that fact.
The enigmatic Bears quarterback will be inducted into the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame Friday night in Nashville.
Cutler was a four-year starter with Vanderbilt, setting school records in passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts.
Cutler was named the SEC offensive player of the year in his senior season in 2005 when he threw for 3,073 yards and 21 TDs.
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In four seasons at Vanderbilt, Cutler also rushed for 1,256 yards and 17 TDs, including nine scores in his freshman year.
The Denver Broncos made Cutler the 11th overall pick in the 2006 Draft before trading him to the Bears three years later.
Cutler will be inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame alongside eight other individuals, including big-league pitcher David Price who just signed a $217 million megadeal with the Boston Red Sox.
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.