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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cutler won't blame travel for shaky game

By Jeff Dickerson

LONDON -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn't about to pin his mediocre performance on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the week's unusual travel circumstances.

Jay Cutler
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes off running at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
After solid games in each of the previous two weeks, Cutler tossed a pair of interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of 60.2 in the Bears’ 24-18 win against the Bucs at London’s Wembley Stadium.

"You know, the travel and all that had nothing to do with the football game," Cutler said. "We could have gotten here yesterday. It's a matter of going out and executing, limiting turnovers. That's what wins football games, not getting here a week early or three days. It has nothing to do with it."

The Bears got off to a good start on offense with first-half touchdowns from Matt Forte and Roy Williams, but it went south for the club in the fourth quarter. Needing a touchdown near the end of the game to put Tampa away for good, the Bears failed six straight times to score from inside the red zone. Five of those six plays came from inside the Bucs’ 10-yard line.

"Since the third quarter things kind of went downhill for us," Cutler said. "We know we got to get back and clean up that stuff up and finish games. We put the defense in tough spots. We just got to get better."