Cutler's Time to Make a Statement Against Packers

Cutler's Time to Make a Statement Against Packers
Cutler took his frustration last year on former left tackle J'Marcus Webb in a loss to Green Bay.

For the second time in four seasons, the Bears will face the Packers in a win or go home game. Tonight will be with a playoff spot on the line. The last time these teams met in a win or go home scenario was the 2010 NFC championship game.

It's been well detailed that Cutler has a 1-8 record versus Green Bay. His lack of success in rivalry and big games has defined his career. Cutler became the Bears all time leading passer last week. In spite of the record, his current legacy will be defined by injuries turnovers and his inability to carry his team when they need him most.

How well Cutler plays against Green Bay will go along way towards determining his future. With his contract up at the end of the season, the season finale is him time to step up and make a statement.

In his nine career starts versus the Packers, in addition to his 1-8 record, Cutler has averaged just 168 yards per game with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. It has to drive any Bears coach crazy. When Lovie Smith was hired, he placed an importance on the Bears-Packers Rivalry. Trestman hasn't placed as much of an importance on it as his predecessor. That said, it win or miss the playoffs. The Bears have lost six straight and nine of 11 to Green Bay.

Sports Nation did a good job breaking down Cutler's history against Green Bay. That will be followed by a game-by-game look at Cutler against the Packers as a Bear.

In eight regular season games against Green Bay, Cutler has completed 131-of-257 passes for 1,702 yards, 9 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has twice thrown four interceptions in a game against the Packers and has posted three passer ratings of 43.5 or less. Cutler has posted an 82.5 passer rating or better against Green Bay just twice.

Packers 21 Bears 15, Week 1, September 13, 2009

Cutler jumped right into the fray as a Bear. His first game was against the Packers. Cutler got the Bears in position for a win as Robbie Gould kicked a go ahead field goal with 2:35 left. Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings with a 50 yards pass with 1:11 left for the game winning score.

Cutler finished 17-36 for 277 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Although he put the Bears in position to win with Gould's kick, his turnovers proved to be the difference in a game the Bears controlled.

The Bears outgained the Packers 352-226 and had a six minute edge in time of possession. Ultimately, the Packers plus four advantage in turnover margin was the difference.

Packers 21 Bears 14, Week 14,  December 13, 2009

Cutler's second outing against the Packers was better, but two more interceptions were costly.  His second one came with the Bears clinging to a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Green Bay's Nick Collins returned the pick to the Bears 11 and the Packers scored shortly thereafter on a Ryan Grant one yard run.

Cutler finished 23-36 for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Bears 20 Packers 17, Week 3, September 27, 2009

The Bears got their only win in the NFL's oldest rivalry in the Cutler era. After falling behind 10-0, Cutler led a fourth quarter comeback. Behind Cutler, the Bears had two scoring drives in the final four minutes for the win.

Cutler was 16-27 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Bears were outgained by over 100 yards, but took advantage of 18 Packer penalties for 152 yards.

Packers 10 Bears 3, Week 17, January 2, 2011 (2010 Season)

The Bears had clinched the NFC North Division title when the Bears and Packers met at Lambeau Field in Week 17 of the 2010 season. The Packers needed a win to get in the playoffs. The Bears still needed a win or Eagles loss to clinch a bye in the first round. Both games were 3:15pm CST kickoffs.

Cutler continued a string of poor performances in critical games. He was 21-39 for 168 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His Quarterback rating was a paltry 43.5 and his QBR of 8.4 even worse. In the Bears week three win over Green Bay, Cutler had an 82.5 and 78.4

The Bears were fortunate when Dallas defeated Philadelphia forcing the Eagles into the Wildcard game. The Bears chance to knock the Packers out of the playoffs would later come back to haunt them.

Packers 21 Bears 14, NFC Championship, January 23, 2011

Probably the biggest game in the history of the Bears-Packers rivalry and the most polarizing in Cutler's Bears tenure. After completing just 6-14 for 80 yards with no touchdowns and an interception, Cutler left with what was diagnosed with an MCL sprain the day after the game. Three years later, some still question his toughness and continue to point to that game as an example. His quarterback rating was 31.4 and his QBR just 2.4.

Packers 27 Bears 17, Week 3,  September 27, 2009

A week after losing 30-13 in New Orleans, the Bears had to face Aaron Rodgers. Cutler threw for 302 yards with two touchdowns and two ints. It was his first 300 yard game since 2010 week one.

The Bears were playing catch up all day. A Packer touchdown three minutes into the second quarter gave them a 14-0 lead. Cutler had an inconsistent performance. Cutler began the second half with six straight incompletions.

The loss seemed like a wake up call for the Bears as they won six of their next seven to put themselves in playoff contention. Cutler would break his thumb week 11 against San Diego ending his season. The injury cost Cutler an opportunity to defeat the Packers in Green Bay week 16.

Packers 23 Bears 10, Week 3, September 13, 2012

The Bears loss at Lambeau Field was the Bears lone loss in a 7-1 start to the 2012 season. Cutler had his worst game of the 2012 season. He was just 11-27 for 126 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He was also sacked seven times and took out his displeasure at left tackle J'Marcus Webb.

Packers 23 Bears 13, Week 15, December 15, 2012

After starting 7-1, the Bears skidded at the end of last season. The loss to Green Bay week 15, was the Bears last of the 2012 season. If they had won at home in this critical late season game, they would've made the playoffs and either Green Bay or Minnesota would've been out.

For the second straight game against Green Bay, Cutler couldn't get the Bears offense moving. He finished 12-21 for 135 yards with a touchdown and an interception. In two 2012 games, Cutler finished with just 261 yards passing. Conversely, Aaron Rodgers averaged 255 yards against the Bears in 2012.

The Bears finished with just 190 yards of total offense, 67 in the second half.

There has been many calls for Cutler to be benched and McCown to become the starter. McCown threw for 272 yards with two touchdowns against no interceptions. He also had 20 yards rushing.

This is Cutler's time to silence his critics. He needs a good performance and a win against the Packers in week 17 to do so.

 
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