Jay Cutler sounded more like the glass-half-empty guy after Monday night's 20-17 victory over the Packers that kept the Bears undefeated and atop the NFC North.
His pedestrian numbers (16 of 27 for 221 yards and one touchdown) did not impress him. And the one interception and a few other poor throws left him unsatisfied.
Cutler returned to his old gunslinger approach in the first half, completing 9 of 15 passes for 109 yards. He tossed a crucial interception in the end zone to Derrick Martin, but he came back with a 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Greg Olsen in the final minute before intermission. He was sacked three times in the first half for 22 yards in losses. Surprisingly, Cutler was the Bears' leading rusher in the first half with 22 yards, even though several of his runs were out of desperation under a heavy rush.
Cutler guided the Bears to the 1-yard line late in the third quarter. But a fourth-down pass intended for Desmond Clark fell out of his hands in the end zone and the Packers took over.
"They didn't cover (Clark), so I wanted to get it in to him as fast as possible," Cutler said. "I just have to give him more of a better ball."
Cutler had completed 12 of 20 passes for 161 yards by the end of third period.
Cutler completed passes to seven different receivers. He targeted Olsen and Johnny Knox six times apiece and Earl Bennett five times. Olsen wound up catching five passes; Knox four and Bennett three.
Cutler was sacked three times and wound up with a team-high 37 yards rushing — not exactly according to plan.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times