September 13, 2012

Can confident Cutler win in Lambeau?

Week 2

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

The Bears and Packers have a storied rivalry and it is heating back up with two playoff-caliber teams facing off tonight.  Jay Cutler sort of dissed the Packers defense by saying this: 

"We've got some dudes that, if you're going to get up in their face, even our speed guys are going to get around them, and our big guys are going to throw and go. So we invite press coverage. We invite man [coverage]. If we get that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us." ESPN
Was it that bad of a comment? Not really. The Packers will use that as motivation to get to Cutler early and often.  The Packers should have more than enough motivation as they do not want to start the season at 0-2.  

Speaking of 0-2, Cutler is 0-2 at Lambeau Field since he became a Bear.  Not only has he not won but he has underperformed substantially.  He has completed only 50.7% of his passes for 222.5 yards per game, with one touchdown to six interceptions for a dreadful passer rating of 40.1.  Not the type of numbers that will get a win tonight in Green Bay.  

The big difference for the Bears this time around is the talent at wide receiver.  Brandon Marshall is a top-10 receiver and rookie Alshon Jeffrey provides great size which will be a mismatch against most corners.  Because of these two, Cutler will have a great season, but will it add up to his first win in Lambeau? 

Everything points to a Bears win except for the fact that the Packers have a great offense even without Greg Jennings.  Is there defense suspect? Yes, but so can Cutler's decision-making ability.  Packers 31, Bears 27