Jay Cutler: Week 4, at Detroit.
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Cutler suffered his first poor game of the season and was further betrayed by a number of drops from five different receivers. All three interceptions were undoubtedly Cutler’s fault, however. The first came when he stared Alshon Jeffery too long in the middle of the field and Louis Delmas read his eyes for the pick. The second was a fade route to Brandon Marshall that Cutler didn’t get nearly enough on and threw towards the middle of the field, which gave Glover Quin all the opportunity he needed to cement the interception. And the last interception was an airmailed throw deep over the middle, which was one of the easiest interceptions Delmas will ever get.
In between, Cutler was able to hit a number of big plays through the air but couldn’t convert a third down until the Bears’ final attempt of the game, the 10-yard touchdown pass to Earl Bennett with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter that cut the final deficit down to eight. After throwing a grand total of six inaccurate passes in the Bears’ first three games combined, Cutler threw seven against the Lions. It’s tough to sugarcoat the outing as anything other than a shoddy one, but one bad game for every three good ones is ultimately a ratio the Bears would be satisfied with going forward.
Matthew Stafford: Week 4, vs. Chicago.
That’s right – by my count, each one of Stafford’s incompletions were caused by either a poor throw or a drop and not anything the Bears defense did to disrupt the Lions’ timing. Stafford’s lone pick came in the second half when his throw deflected off a diving Calvin Johnson and into Major Wright’s hands. He, of course, also had a second fumble on his quarterback sneak attempt at the goal line in the second quarter that he was fortunate to latch onto before falling back to the ground.
Though they often got in their own way Sunday afternoon, the Lions were still basically able to do whatever they wanted offensively and that’s been the case in every game they’ve played thus far. Reggie Bush so far is fitting in even better than anyone could have expected and Scott Linehan has done an excellent job of tailoring the Lions’ game plan to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses. Detroit is a legitimate 3-1 team and they could make an even louder statement in the NFC North next week if they were able to beat Green Bay.