Ryan Divish of The News Tribune profiles Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and the pressure he faces in his first postseason game. The Bears do not exactly have a strong lineage of great signal callers, with Sid Luckman, Jim McMahan and Jim Harbaugh at the top of the list, but Cutler could put his name among those with a deep playoff run.
He was a cannon-armed, touchdown-throwing machine for the Denver Broncos with a bright future. In 37 games with the Broncos, Cutler threw for 9,024 yards and 54 touchdowns. Those passing yards would have ranked Cutler seventh on Chicago’s all-time list of career leaders.
Bears fans expected Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and success.
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It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Much as his play can be from series to series and game to game, it’s been an up-and-down ride in Cutler’s two seasons as the Bears’ quarterback.
But on Sunday at Soldier Field, Cutler can do plenty to reach those high expectations and cement himself well above the quarterback fodder of the Bears’ past by leading his team to a playoff win, and beyond.
John McGrath of The News Tribune reports from Bears’ camp, saying that Chicago has refocused on its running game.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Will Herring has stayed true to his linebacker ways, playing through a broken wrist that he doesn’t remember injuring.
Seattle’s rookie defensive backs have cut their teeth in Gus Bradley’s Bandit package, which could be a factor again in the Hawks rematch against the Bears. Cutler finished 3-of-8 for 39 yards and was sacked four times when Seattle used its bandit package.
John Crist of Bearreport.com joins Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com to preview the Hawks-Bears matchup.
Tim Booth of The Associated Press writes that all Seattle defensive end Raheem Brock knows is the playoffs.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from Thursday’s practice.
Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune writes that when the pressure is on, Cutler has been off.
Brad Biggs and Matt Bowen of The Chicago Tribune break down the game.
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times says defensive end Julius Peppers’ willingness to play team defense has made that entire unit better.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated predicts a 23-20 win for Chicago.
Andy Benoit of CBS Sports provides seven keys for the Hawks-Bears game.
Brian Burke of Advance NFL Stats give Seattle a 20 percent win probability against Chicago on the road.