Brady bombed Chicago for 369 yards and two touchdowns to go with a passer rating of 113.4 in New England’s 36-7 win over the Bears. Cutler countered with a 32.9 passer rating and three turnovers.
“You want to try and keep pace with them,” Cutler said after the game. “It’s the only way to play with them. You know they’re going to move the ball. They put up points each and every game. They’re No. 1 in scoring. If you don’t convert third downs, if you have turnovers, you’re going to be in the hole. It’s tough to climb out of that.”
No doubt. The Bears converted 1 of 5 third downs in the first half, and the Patriots returned a fumble by Johnny Knox 35 yards for a touchdown in building a 33-0 first-half lead, which proved insurmountable.
“You want to score points as fast as possible,” Cutler said. “But there is no 33-point play out there. We came up short in a lot of areas.”