Jay Cutler efficient as Bears beat Buccaneers

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may not have put up eye-popping numbers, but the veteran was very efficient in executing the offensive game plan in Sunday’s 26-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cutler completed 20 of 27 passes (74%) for 156 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He finished the game with a 100.2 passer rating.

With Alshon Jeffery sitting out while nursing a hamstring injury, Cutler once again found himself shorthanded. Going up against a strong Buccaneers defense, the Bears knew they’d have to get creative to move the football. Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase called a great game in having Cutler get rid of the ball quickly in short and intermediate routes.

Although Cutler rarely tested the deep part of the field, it’s not something Bears fans should be too surprised about. Former Bears coach and current Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith runs the same type of bend-but-don’t-break defense that he ran in Chicago, where he’s willing to concede plays underneath but wants to avoid the big play down the field. That worked out to the Bears advantage.

Cutler utilized tight end Zach Miller (7 catches, 69 yards) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (5 catches, 21 yards) in short routes and that ended up being a backbreaker for the Buccaneers defense.

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