Cutler downplays Hall rematch

Updated: October 17, 2013, 6:18 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

ASHBURN, Va. -- DeAngelo Hall intercepted Jay Cutler four times on Oct. 24, 2010, helping the Washington Redskins to a win and himself to an eventual Pro Bowl selection.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsDeAngelo Hall intercepted Jay Cutler four times in their last meeting in 2010.

Four years later, and three days before their first matchup since that game, the Chicago Bears quarterback called Hall just "another player." To which the Redskins cornerback said: Cutler is right.

"What kind of answer do you want him to say?" Hall said. "I don't know what you want Jay to say: 'Oh my god, I'm scared of this guy.' I don't know what you want him to say besides he's another guy. Whether he believes that in his heart or not, that's what he has to say. I'm another guy. He's gone against some great corners in this league. I'm not probably the best guy he's ever gone against."

Still, no other player has intercepted Cutler four times in one game as Hall did in a 17-14 win in 2010. Not surprisingly, Cutler told the Chicago media that he didn't have any thoughts on the four-interception day.

"Nope," Cutler said. Again, Hall wasn't surprised.

"It's over a couple years ago. He's probably not thinking about that at all," Hall said. "I am just another guy. It's not me versus Jay. It's the Washington Redskins versus the Chicago Bears. They're playing good football. We're trying to get a win in our stadium."

Still, that 2010 game played a big role in Hall making it to the Pro Bowl after that season. That game provided two-thirds of his picks as he tied a career high with six interceptions. (He now has 40 for his career.)

It also provided fodder for a D.C. radio station. ESPN 980 is running promos for the game that say, "Sunday, Jay Cutler comes to D.C., where he's reunited with his favorite receiver: DeAngelo Hall."

A day after that 2010 game, Cutler said of Hall, "There's no reason to shy away from him. I mean, that's hard for me to say, throwing four picks at a guy, but I'd still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I'd go at him every time if we could."

That would be fine with Hall if he did that Sunday. Despite the success by Cutler and the Bears' passing game, Hall is confident. The Redskins are coming off a strong showing at Dallas in which they held quarterback Tony Romo to 170 yards and a 72.9 passer rating.

Hall helped limit receiver Dez Bryant to five catches for 36 yards. Now he'll likely face Brandon Marshall.

"I feel good about the matchup," Hall said. "[Cutler] probably feels good with his guys going up against us, and we feel the same way. We feel we can make plays against those guys.

"I feel I'm playing good football right now. It definitely gives me the confidence to feel I can go out and hold my own against Brandon Marshall and the rest of those guys. ... I'm just ready to go."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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