Chicago sports fans have been let down by returns as of late. The latest return features Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returning to the team this Sunday to face the Detroit Lions.
Cutler was originally projected to miss four weeks because of a torn groin muscle. Instead, Cutler has missed only two weeks and claimed that he is 100% entering the Bears game against the Lions.
But the question remains, is Cutler destined to disappoint in his return on Sunday against the Lions?
This season, Cutler has excelled in limiting the amount of mistakes that he makes during games. In fact, before the injury, Cutler was playing on a pro-bowl level. The only game this season that Cutler struggled in was against the Lions.
In the Bears loss to the Lions earlier this season, Cutler turned the ball over four times. On each of those four turnovers, the flaws that plagued Cutler earlier in his career with the Bears returned. Those four turnovers were the result of Cutler making poor decisions and even worse fundamentals.
The game against the Lions earlier this season was also the first time that the Bears offensive line allowed a sustained pass rush from the Lions defensive line. Cutler was sacked three times in the Bears loss to the Lions earlier this season. With that in mind, the question remains whether or not the Bears are doing the right thing by starting Cutler on Sunday.
Though, Cutler has taken the necessary steps in order to be in a position to return earlier than expected. Instead of taking the bye week last week to return to Nashville, Cutler stayed in Chicago to rehab rigorously at the Bears facilities. The result was Cutler being medically cleared to on Thursday and subsequently being the named the starting quarterback for the Bears game against the Lions.
in his 10 career games against the Detroit Lions, Cutler has a passer rating of 94.7 with 14 touchdown passes against only 4 interceptions. Cutler’s teams are 7-3 in those 10 games.