Clay Matthews (a.k.a. Thor) brandished his hammer on Jay Cutler at will
The Green Bay Packers secondary didn’t need Jay Cutler’s (11-27 for 126 yards, 4 int.) well wishes after all. The Packers defense stayed on Cutler all night forcing him to throw four interceptions and sacking him seven times. The Bears were unable to move the ball or gain any rhythm as poor timing, penalties and miscues resulted in a 23-10 Packers victory.
Jay Cutler is 1-6 against the Packers with 15 interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers (22-32, 219 yards td, int.) wasn’t great last night. In fact the game was up in the air until late in the second quarter when the Packers scored on a fake field goal. The defense caused a turnover on the Bears next possession and opened up things before the half. Rodgers connected with Donald Driver in the fourth quarter for his only touchdown pass of the game. Cedric Benson was a vital part of the Packers moving the chains with 20 carries for 81 yards and a handful of receptions out of the backfield. The Packers were without Greg Jennings who is still suffering with a groin injury.
The Packers defense took the challenge of Cutler to heart and made him pay from the opening play. Linebacker Clay Matthews was a machine last night finishing with 3.5 sacks. Charles Woodson (interception) was part of a Packers secondary that threw a blanket over the Bears receivers including Brandon Marshall who had two receptions for 24 yards.
Julius Peppers (3 sacks) and the Bears defense played in spite of the offensive miscues. Up until the fake field goal you could say the Bears played the Packers to a standoff. Lance Briggs dropped an interception that would’ve put the Bears in a position to score.
Jay Cutler was anything but a leader in word or deed. For all the talk that Cutler did leading up to the game, he did nothing to back up his words. Last night Cutler allowed his emotions to effect his performance on the field and get the best of him in handling of the media afterwards.