The Stat Line of the Night — 9/28/10 — Jay Cutler
There’s a new top dog in the NFC North, and its not a team many were predicting to even finish second in their division when the season began. That’s right, I’m talking about the Chicago Bears, led by their gutsy and talented young quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler wasn’t exactly flashy last night, but he was able to move his offense down the field against a stingy Packers defense and help his team win and climb to the top of the NFC with a 3-0 record.
Cutler threw the ball to 6 different targets over the course of the night, going 16/27 with 221 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. He had a few other interceptions called back on penalties, but the story of the game was his gutsy performance. He also got it done on the ground with 37 yards on just 3 carries, 2 for crucial first downs. The key drives of the game came in the 4th quarter when Cutler, with the assistance of some timely flags, was able to move the Bears down the field and into field goal range to tie it up at 17-17, then another where he moved them into field goal range again after a Packers turnover.
The Bears won 20-17, but the repercussions of this game go far beyond the 3-point win. They now sit atop the NFC North and the entire NFC as the only undefeated team at 3-0. With Cutler at the helm and the Bears defense starting to regain some of their swagger, the Bears may be legitimate Super Bowl contenders once again. For now, though Jay Cutler will have to settle for “The Stat Line of the Night”.