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In the days leading up to the Bears-Lions Week 10 matchup, so many voices said the same thing: Cutler shouldn’t play if he’s not 100 percent. That reasoning became painfully obvious Sunday.
After taking a few hits from Lions pass-rushers, by the end of the second quarter Cutler looked hobbled and bruised. At 70 percent, or whatever capacity at which he was playing, he struggled to move the offense consistently.
He connected on just 21 of 40 attempts, with some of those misfires occurring at crucial times late in the fourth quarter. With 250 yards, a touchdown and one interception (in the red zone), he posted a 69.8 rating—not good enough against a weak Lions secondary.
Josh McCown, entering with 2:22 remaining in the game, gave the Bears the spark that they needed. For his part, he earned an A, but a failed two-point conversion attempt cut his bid for a miracle win short.