There’s something to be said for individuals that live in the past as opposed to looking forward. This week, the focus is on the Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers. This isn’t just any normal rivalry game between the Packers and Bears on Sunday. The game on Sunday will determine the winner of the NFC North division.
Considering the circumstances, it is no wonder why the local sports radio stations have been cluttered with Bears and Packers calling in and making nonsensical points.
The greatest nonsensical point that fans have made about this game is how Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has played against the Packers in the past. In 8 career games against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler has a quarterback rating of 61.5 to go along with a completion percentage of 55.3 with 9 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. Record wise, Cutler has won 1 of those 8 career games against the Packers.
Needless to say, Cutler has struggled in the past against the Packers.
The operative word being past.
What Cutler has done in the past against the Packers has absolutely no impact on how the quarterback will perform on Sunday.
The Packers defense that Cutler will face on Sunday is a far cry from the Packers’ defenses that Cutler faced in his previous eight games against Green Bay. This season, the Packers have the 21st ranked passing defense while allowing 248.8 passing yards per game by opposing quarterbacks. Beyond that, the Packers rush defense is 26th in the NFL while allowing 125.3 rushing yards per game by opposing running backs.
The previously feared Dom Capers defense is no longer an intimidating force for opposing offenses. Especially an opposing offense of the Bears that is averaging nearly 30 points per game.
The problem with predicting how Cutler will fare on Sunday based off his past performances against the Packers is that the Bears quarterback is finally equipped with a modern offense. The offensive line, albeit overrated, is vastly improved from recent seasons. In addition, Cutler is no longer throwing to inept wide receivers such as Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Cutler is equipped with a pair of pro-bowl wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall and a tight end in Martellus Bennett that is having a career year.
Cutler could very well struggle on Sunday. But to falsely assume that the Bears quarterback will struggle against the Packers this week simply because of his past performances is pure non-sense.
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