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Every week, it seems that Cutler has an enormous amount of pressure on his shoulders because of something he did or said, or just because people love to hate the Bears QB.
But with the defense scoring points, perhaps Cutler can become more relaxed on the field, and that seems to be the key to having him perform well week in and week out.
Whenever Cutler gets pressured, he either throws the ball to the opposition or he makes poor decisions. No one can blame him if he's become a bit gun-shy after all the sacks he's taken as a Bear, but Cutler, more than the average QB, seemingly needs to be in control of his emotions for success.
So he can take solace not only in the fact that the defense is playing so well, but the running game is doing quite nicely, thank you. And while that may not be news to most Bears fans, to see it actually come to fruition is very pleasing.
On Sunday, Matt Forte quietly ran for 107 yards on 22 carries, for a 4.9 yard average. He only caught two passes, but otherwise had his usual fine performance.
The addition of Michael Bush gives the Bears the best one-two punch they have had under Cutler. Bush carried the ball just four times, but averaged 6.5 yards per carry. And, in late mop-up duty, even Armando Allen got into the act.
Allen took the rock five times for 59 yards, the majority of which he accumulated on a 46-yard play in the fourth quarter. That, my friends, was good for an 11.8 average.
Add in Cutler's two scrambles for 22 yards, and the Bears averaged a stout 6.5 yards-per-carry average on the day. Not too shabby, and it helps take the pressure off of Cutler.