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Breaking Down Jay Cutler's Game Against Dallas

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Jay Cutler and Devin Hester led the Bears to victory against the Cowboys. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune

Breaking down Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's week 2 performance against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • 1st drop back to pass: Anthony Spencer rushes in unblocked and sacks Cutler 
  • Chris Williams grabs DeMarcus Ware's facemask, but that can't even stop him   
  • 3rd & 12. Cutler hits Bennett for first completion of game. Ware beats Manumaleuna and levels Cutler. 2 pass plays = 2 times Cutler ends up horizontal on the turf. 3 and out.  
  • Cutler's 3rd pass attempt and he's hit again -- even on a false start by Kevin Shaffer. 
  • 3rd & 10, Cutler's 4th pass play. He's nailed yet again and it's another penalty on Shaffer -- his second in 2 plays.
  • 3rd & 10 again. Cutler is pressured and hit again by Spencer. 5 drop backs and 5 hits. "Jay Cutler's gonna need help getting to the bus."- Joe Buck   
  • 6th drop back and Ware blows past Manumaleuna. Cutler's forced to throw it away.
  • 3rd and 8, Ware rushes right past Omiyale. Cutler manages to escape but he has to throw it away again.
  • Cutler finally has a pass attempt where he doesn't get hit. He finds Chester Taylor for a 1-yd. completion.
  • Cutler quickly hits Hester for a Bears 1st down.
  • Cutler again gets rid of it quickly off a 3-step drop and hits Olsen for his 3rd straight completion -- and a 39-yd TD.
  • Cutler finds Olsen for a big gain but Bears called for illegal formation.
  • Quick pass to Forte but it's a loss of 2 yards.
  • Cutler checks down and hits Knox over the middle for a gain of 2.
  • 3rd & 15. Cutler evades the pressure by stepping up in the pocket and hits Knox for a huge 59-yd. gain.
  • Cutler hits Taylor for 9 yards, his 7th straight completion.
  • 1st & Goal. Cutler finds Hester off the play action fake. Amazing grab by Hester for a touchdown. Dallas challenges but call is upheld. 8th straight completion by Cutler.
  • 1:39 left in the half. Cutler hits Forte for 14 yards. A first down and his 9th straight completion.
  • Bennett reception for 7 yards -- 10th straight completion.
  • 1st incompletion in 11 attempts.
  • 3rd & 3 hits Bennett in the flat, but inches short.
  • Cutler sneak for 1st Down.
  • Heat is on Cutler and he heaves it to Bennett in the end zone. Ball batted down by Dallas, type of pass that would have been picked last year.
  • Hester drops an easy catch.
  • 3rd & 10, Cutler is blitzed again and has to throw it away. Gould converts the 40-yd. field goal to make it 20-14 Bears.
  • Nice screen to Forte for 17 yards, but Cutler is nailed again by Spencer.
  • Long sideline pass to Hester is just incomplete.
  • 3rd & 6, Cutler completes to Forte but for only 4 yards.
  • Cutler hits Hester for 11 yards and a 1st down.
  • 2nd & 8. Cutler throws incomplete but draws 15-yd. roughing penalty on Olshansky.
  • 1st & 10. Ware gets a hold of Cutler and Cutler has to throw it away.
  • 3rd & 11. Complete to Bennett, but only for 7 yards. 3rd downs are a huge problem for the Bears today.
  • Bears start at their own 9 up by 3. Cutler's hits Knox on a pass for about 8 yards, but the Bears go 3 & out.
  • Cutler rifles one to Knox, an 18-yd. completion
  • Cutler hits Bennett again for 8.
  • Cutler with a quick hit to Hester who racks up yards after the catch. 37-yd completion to the Dallas 3.
  • Cutler throws a perfect pass to a wide-open Forte for an easy touchdown. Ballgame.
For the day Cutler was 21-29 for 277 yards and 3 TDs. He hit 6 different receivers.One of his best performances as a Bear, especially considering that he was hit on almost half of his pass attempts.



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