Thursday night in Green Bay couldn’t really have gone any worse for Jay Cutler and the Bears offense. After passing all over the Colts in Week 1, Chicago was confident it could enjoy similar success against the Packers. The Packers are not the Colts, and the 23-10 final reflected that.
Earlier this week, Cutler and Brandon Marshall basically said Green Bay’s defenders would be making a mistake if they tried to get physical and play press coverage against the Chicago receivers. Considering Cutler finished the game with a modest stat line of 11-for-27 passing, 126 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions, I think it’s safe to say the Packers knew what they were doing.
“I don’t know if we took (Cutler’s comments) personal,” Charles Woodson said after the game according to the Chicago Tribune. “But we thought it was kind of funny, that all of a sudden they were the team to beat because they got a couple of new guys. They had no answers up front.
“Jay is a guy, he’ll give you a chance. You just have to be in position. It’s the same old Jay. We don’t need luck, Jay will throw us the ball. Proof is in the pudding.”
Woodson couldn’t be more right. In seven career games against the Packers, Cutler has thrown 15 interceptions compared to only eight touchdowns. His QB rating of 60.5 against Green Bay is by far the lowest against any team he has played more than two games against. The Packers defense has figured out a formula for beating Cutler and the Chicago offensive line, and obviously the addition of Marshall did not crack the code.
H/T The Big Lead