Another Day, Another Beatdown of Cutler

Like death and taxes, the Packers' defensive dominance of Jay Cutler is practically a sure thing. The Bears gave up two first-round picks, a third-round pick and Kyle Orton in hopes of getting their championship quarterback. Instead, Cutler is 1-7 against Green Bay.

CHICAGO – In the spirit of Christmas, Jay Cutler is the gift that keeps on giving for the Green Bay Packers.

The Chicago Bears' starting quarterback simply can't figure out Dom Capers and the Packers' defense. Sunday's game was no different, with Cutler going a meager 12-of-21 for 135 yards. He was sacked four times, giving the Bears 107 net passing yards.

It's the same old, same old, for Cutler. And, well, it's getting old.

"It wears on me. It wears on everybody," Cutler said of the Bears' six-game losing streak to Green Bay. "You don't want to lose to your rival year-in and year-out. It's not a rival. It's a domination. We've got to find a way."

That way has to start with Cutler. Instead, the Packers would like to petition the league to see Cutler an extra couple times each season. Here is the tale of the tape since Cutler arrived in Chicago in 2009:

Sept. 13, 2009: 17-of-36 (47.2 percent), 277 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions and 43.2 rating. Lost, 21-15

Dec. 13, 2009: 23-of-36 (63.9 percent), 209 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and 74.9 rating. Lost, 21-14.

Sept. 27, 2010: 16-of-27 (59.3 percent), 211 yards, one touchdown, one interceptions and 82.5 rating. Won, 20-17.

Jan. 2, 2011: 21-of-39 (53.8 percent), 168 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and 43.5 rating. Lost, 10-3.

Jan. 23, 2011: 6-of-14 (42.9 percent), 80 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and 31.8 rating. Lost, 21-14.

Sept. 25, 2011: 21-of-37 (56.8 percent), 302 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and 78.9 rating. Lost, 27-17.

Sept. 13, 2012: 11-of-27 (40.7 percent), 126 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions and 28.2 rating. Lost, 21-13.

Sunday: 12-of-21 (57.1 percent), 135 yards, one touchdown, one interception and 72.5 rating.

Add it together, that's eight touchdowns, 17 interceptions, one game with 60-plus percent accuracy and one game with an 80-plus passer rating. His record is now 1-7. The one win is also the one time the Bears scored 20 points – and he needed 18 Packers penalties and a touchdown on a Devin Hester punt return to accomplish that.

None of the Packers, from coach Mike McCarthy to the players, could explain the reason for the dominance, though political correctness probably was a big reason for the vanilla quotes.

"Really, the emphasis for our defense was to be patient – to be patient with the four-man rush and then we grew into the pressure as the game went on," McCarthy said. "I thought Dom's coverage calls and the players just sticking to their guns, particularly on the perimeter playing tight, tight coverage. That's the way we play defense."

"Just everyone doing their job," safety Morgan Burnett said. "No one getting outside of their element and feeling like they have to do more this week because there's a lot on the line. Everybody just did their norm, did their job, played the defense, and when you do that, good things happen."

Added Tramon Williams: "I don't know. Obviously, we play these guys twice a year. Everybody knows everybody. And it's vice-versa: We never score that much on them but we always seem to find a way to get wins. At the end of the day, that's all that matters."

Maybe it's because of Capers. That's what Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said on Wednesday while ripping the Packers' secondary for believing it was their skill that held him to two catches back in September.

"Maybe so," Williams said with a laugh. "We'll take it."

Marshall, who entered the day with a league-high 101 catches, had six receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. He had four catches in the first half but none in the second half until less than 4 minutes remained.

Williams, absent in the locker room during media sessions last week, let his play do the talking rather than get in a war of words with Marshall.

"That's what always does the talking," Williams said. "No matter what anyone says, at the end of the day, the game always does the talking. Sunday is the day to do that. We came out today and tried to execute what we had planned."

As has been the story of the Bears' season, no one else contributed. The Bears didn't get any catches from their other receivers and tight ends. Four passes to Alshon Jeffrey resulted in a third-down deflection and three offensive pass-interference penalties. Cutler was sacked 11 times in the two games; the Packers have 28 in the other 12 games. Then again, it's not like Cutler goes without blame. His interception to Casey Hayward hit the rookie right between the "2" and the "9" on his jersey and set up a Green Bay touchdown.

"Everyone involved in this offense should be held accountable," Marshall said, "even if that means jobs. It's been this way all year. There's no excuse."

Whether it was Cutler's erratic accuracy or lack of protection or lack of weapons opposite Marshall, Chicago was doomed by a combined 0-for-10 on third and fourth down. Of their 12 first downs, just five came on its final nine possessions. The Bears rank just 48 plays to Green Bay's 71.

The money quote of the day came from defensive back Charles Woodson, who remains out with a broken collarbone but witnessed first-hand another defensive drubbing of Cutler.

"I just think today we were hungry," he said. "I think guys really wanted to win this game, win the championship. I think listening to some stuff that was said this week about them hating us, we feel like those guys don't really hate us. We feel like they're in awe of us because of the way we respond as a team and not as individual guys on the field. We just wanted to come in and show them what a real team is all about."

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