The Chicago Bears have begun the 2013 season with a pair of comeback victories over two playoff teams from last season whom, arguably, have only gotten better. The Cincinnati Bengals had an 11-point lead in the second half while the Minnesota Vikings held a 6-point lead with about two minutes to go.
In both scenarios, the pressure was placed on quarterback Jay Cutler to bring his team back. In both scenarios, Cutler answered the call.
Against the Bengals, he led the Bears on a game-winning drive that ended with a touchdown catch by Brandon Marshall with about eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. When the Bears got the ball back with 6:38 left in the game, Cutler led his offense to an 11-play, 41 yard time-consuming drive to run out the clock and win the game.
Week two, the Bears were in a back-and-forth battle with the Vikings. In this contest, Cutler threw two interceptions and lost a costly fumble resulting in a defensive touchdown for Minnesota. One of the interceptions came in the fourth quarter, and later in the quarter running back Matt Forte lost a fumble. The game looked grim at that moment for the Bears.
Cutler, again getting the ball later in the game with a chance to solidify a win, led his Bears on a game-winning drive with just over two minutes to go. Ending with a touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett — his third on the season — was the perfect cap to another incredible drive.
Whether you like Cutler or not, he is absolutely the reason for the Bears’ 2-0 start. Of course, having an offensive line to protect him now is a huge key in that. Cutler has only been sacked once this year, which was on the play he fumbled against Minnesota. Other than that, he’s had enough protection to make plays.
Heading into week three, Cutler looks much-improved already under Marc Trestman’s new offense. It appears the quarterback-whisperer is doing a fine job with the Bears quarterback. It’ll be interesting to see if Cutler can keep this up throughout the entire season.