- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's too early to call Jay Cutler’s performance in the face of Cincinnati’s pass rush on Sunday an indicator of the future, but how he handled things was markedly different in that outing than the past.
The Bengals brought at least five rushers on 10 of Cutler’s 33 drop-backs on Sunday, and they paid for it, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“They blitzed us, we had some blitzes,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He had to stand in on two or three occasions waiting on Brandon [Marshall] to come open.”
Cutler ranked No. 33 among quarterbacks in total QBR (23.5) against added pressure, but against the Bengals those numbers were much better. Cutler completed 8-of-10 for 94 yards and a touchdown when the Bengals brought five or more rushers, and passed for four first downs. In 2012, in those circumstances, Cutler completed just 50 percent of his passes for 6.9 yards per completion, with a touchdown to interception ratio of 7 to 6.
Chicago’s offensive line definitely deserves some credit for Cutler’s performance, too, considering the Bengals never sacked him.
“They did a good job up front of listening to me and getting the call and change a few plays,” Cutler said. “No one got frustrated early on with us and the way we were playing. We stuck with the game plan."