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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Chalkboard stats: Cutler's big throw

By Trevor Ebaugh

Cutler Diagram
This week’s edition of Chalkboard Stats focuses on the decisive play in the Chicago Bears win over the New York Jets on Sunday, the 26-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Johnny Knox that gave the Bears the lead for good in the third quarter.

Using the diagram above, let's take a closer look at the play and see how it defied the statistical analysis to this point in the season.

A) Cutler, under center, takes a straight dropback
Twenty-one quarterbacks entered Week 16 with at least 300 pass attempts on a straight dropback (snap taken under center without the use of play-action, rollout, bootleg, etc), and only the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers averaged more yards per attempt than Jay Cutler's 7.7.

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