Charles Woodson tweaks Jay Cutler
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jay Cutler might have a new offensive system and new weapons such as Brandon Marshall, but after throwing four interceptions against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, he's "the same-old Jay," Charles Woodson said.
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During the week leading up to the game, the veteran Packers defensive back heard Cutler wish the Green Bay secondary "good luck" trying to play physical with the Bears bigger receivers.
At the end of the Packers' 23-10 victory on Thursday, it was Woodson who was doing the talking.
"Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers ... we heard about it," Woodson told ESPN's Rachel Nichols after the game. "We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons, but it's the same-old Jay. We don't need luck; Jay will throw us the ball."
With the addition of Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery, Cutler seemed confident the Packers wouldn't have the same success with the physical tactics they've used in the past.
"We've got some dudes that, if you're gonna get up in their face, even our speed guys are gonna get around them, and our big guys are gonna throw and go," Cutler said on Tuesday. "So we invite press coverage. We invite man (coverage). If we get that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us."
A week after being targeted 15 times and catching nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, Marshall was a non-factor. He was only targeted five times and didn't catch a pass until the 7:20 mark of the fourth quarter. He finished with two catches for 24 yards.
Cutler completed less than 41 percent of his passes, was sacked seven times and finished with the second-worst passer rating (28.2) of his career.
"They played pretty much exclusively two-man. Not a lot of holes out there," Cutler said. "We got down early and then we got into the passing game, and it's tough sledding against that."
Cutler turned in his second four-interception game against the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers picked him off four times in his Bears debut in 2009 and have intercepted him 15 times in six regular-season games during his career in Chicago.
"I mean, the proof is in the pudding. You see the way the game went tonight ... he threw the ball to the defense," Woodson said of Cutler.
Cutler appeared to take exception to Woodson going low for Cutler's feet during a play in the second half. Cutler jabbed his foot at Woodson while Woodson was on the ground and they had words for each other before being separated.
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