Jay Cutler said Tuesday that he was looking forward to playing the Packers with what the Bears had to offer on offense.
Next time, he should keep his mouth shut.
The Bears were beaten soundly in Green Bay Thursday, as Clay Matthews had the game of his life, slamming Cutler with 3.5 sacks while the Packers D dominated in a 23-10 Green Bay victory.
The loss puts the Bears at 1-1, while the Packers avoid an 0-2 start to get back to .500 at 1-1 on the season.
The game was dominated by both defenses early, until the Packers got creative late in the first half to take a 10-0 lead.
Punter Tim Masthay and backup tight end Tom Crabtree combined for a touchdown on a fake field goal in the second quarter, and after a Cutler pick they kicked a field goal to take a 13-0 halftime lead.
Cutler threw four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. Facing a fierce Packers pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards, not able to get off the ball most of the night.
“Clay was incredible,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Defense causing turnovers, if they play like this we’re going to be hard to beat.”
The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury.
After Williams collected his second interception, Rodgers finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, hitting Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown and a 23-3 lead.
The Bears finally got in the end zone in the fourth, as Rodgers threw an interception to Tim Jennings and the Bears finally cashed in.
Facing fourth-and-7 at the Green Bay 21, Cutler threw a touchdown to Kellen Davis, cutting the lead to 23-10 with 6:49 remaining. But the Bears couldn’t mount a comeback as Matthews and the Packers kept turning up the heat.
Rodgers finished the game 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
He got roughed up, too, getting sacked five times. Green Bay got a scare when the NFL MVP appeared to hurt his right arm early in the game, but he stayed in.
Cutler was 11 for 27 for 126 yards.
Chicago came into the season with high expectations for a beefed-up passing attack, and the arrival of Marshall was a hit right away. Renewing his partnership with Cutler from their days in Denver, Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and the Bears put up 41 points in their season-opening victory over Indianapolis.
Thursday, they looked like a different team – not one that is anywhere near to the level of one that has Super Bowl visions.
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