Did you ever think you’d see the day when Jay Cutler outperformed Aaron Rodgers?
I did, back in 2009 when the Bears acquired Cutler, who was coming off a Pro Bowl year, while Rodgers had a solid, but slightly less great season than Cutler in his first year as Packers starter.
But that was many moons ago, and a whole lot has changed since then.
On a rainy Thanksgiving night in Green Bay, where Cutler has historically had awful performances, the Bears’ quarterback actually outdueled his counterpart.
Cutler threw for 200 yards while Rodgers threw for 202 … but it took Rodgers 12 more pass attempts to get those two extra yards. Plus, Rodgers threw an interception while Cutler did not. Cutler completed 61% of his passes compared with Rodgers’ 51%. And Rodgers, uncharacteristically, finished with a 62.4 passer rating while Cutler trumped him with a 90.8.
And the most important statistic of all was the final score: a 17-13 triumph for the Bears on Brett Favre Love Fest night.
In the interest of fairness, we must point out that the Packers’ receiving corps had a case of the drops. But we can no more absolve Rodgers of that blame than we can absolve Cutler of interceptions he’s thrown in the past that have deflected off his receivers’ hands.
It was just one night, of course, and Rodgers’ track record is much better than Cutler’s, but we must give credit where credit is due, and Cutler bested his counterpart on a triumphant night for the Bears.