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2013 Chicago Bears Offense Already Proved to Be More Clutch than 2012

September 16th, 2013 at 1:16 PM
By Evan Fitzgerald

'Jay Cutler' photo (c) 2011, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Fourth-quarter comebacks are becoming a regular occurrence for the Chicago Bears this season.   The Bears have now won two straight games in the fourth quarter to open the season, but you'll forgive Bears fans who still aren't really used to the feeling. 

Last season, the Bears managed just one comeback in the fourth quarter with Jay Cutler under center, a 23-22 win over the Carolina Panthers.  Cutler threw a touchdown strike to Kellen Davis with seven minutes remaining in the game, but it took a Robbie Gould 41-yard field goal with time expiring to seal the victory.

This time, it was all Cutler.

The QB's 16-yard, back-shoulder laser to tight end Martellus Bennett put Chicago on top may have been his best throw in a Bears' uniform under the circumstances.  And it meant all Gould had to do was knock home an extra point to give the Bears the lead.

It hasn't been perfect from Cutler, who turned the ball over three more times Sunday, once with a fumble and twice with interceptions.  But Cutler's efficiency is miles above what he's shown in past seasons, and his 95.4 quarterback rating through two games is more than 10 points higher than his career average.  But Cutler knows his success hinges on the continued improvement from his offensive teammates.

"It's taken everyone in that locker room two weeks in a row," said Cutler after Sunday's win.

It's the type of play that starts to build plenty of confidence with his new head coach as well.

"He had moments of adversity in this game and he never flinched," said Marc Trestman.

 

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Tags: Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman, NFL

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