Despite the Chicago Bears 2-5 record heading into Week 9, there have been some positives this season. One of those comes from what many thought was a question mark in quarterback Jay Cutler.
In coordinator Adam Gase’s offense, Cutler has performed well in spite of the team’s struggles. He hasn’t had a full arsenal of weapons as injuries have depleted the offense all season long. Still Cutler has managed to turn in five straight performances with a quarterback rating of 80 or higher. That stretch is the longest in Cutler’s 10-year career.
The only game Cutler has failed to put up a passer rating of 80-plus was Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, a team against whom he has historically struggled.
Cutler’s play in the last five games has included seven passing touchdowns, 1,217 yards and a rushing touchdown. His highest passer rating in that stretch in which he finished a game was last week against the Minnesota Vikings when he put up a rating of 94.4.
If Cutler continues to perform well in Gase’s offense, he’ll surely be under center for the Bears in 2016, and possibly beyond.
Other Stats of Note
- The Bears have dropped their first three division games in a season for the first time since 2000. In that year, the Bears were still in the NFC Central and lost their first three to Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Detroit. The Bears would finish 5-11 that season but did earn three divisional wins later in the year.
- This week’s opponent, the San Diego Chargers, have an interesting connection to the Bears this season. The two teams are the only ones the Detroit Lions have scored 20 or more points on this year.
- Chicago’s passing defense hasn’t been good this season. They are currently one of eight NFL teams allowing their worst passer rating in franchise history. The Bears are allowing a passer rating of 103.5 through seven games. Even more interesting is that former head coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have posted an NFL-worst 111.5 QB rating to opposing passers.
- Since Cutler arrived in Chicago in 2009, the Bears have had a lot of success on Monday Night Football. The team has posted a 9-3 record overall on Monday night, and an 8-2 record with Cutler as quarterback in that stretch.
- Rookie Jeremy Langford will start his first NFL game this Monday against the Chargers. Langford becomes the first Bears rookie running back to start a game since Matt Forte in 2008. During that stretch, Forte has missed a total of six games, with just two other running backs starting for him.
- The Bears are 6-5 against the Chargers all time, but have struggled in San Diego. They have won just twice in San Diego as opposed to four losses. It doesn’t get better for the Bears either: they have lost both games on Monday Night Football in San Diego.
- Head coach John Fox is familiar with the Chargers, as he’s 8-3 all time as a head coach against them. His teams have also scored 24 or more points in seven of those 11 meetings.