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In just two quarters, Jay Cutler's numbers went poof! Or, if your prefer, splat!

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by New York Giants' Aaron Ross late in the second quarter. (Oct. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: MCT

Coming into last night's game against the Bears, Jay Cutler had been off to a terrific start in the Bears' surprising 3-0 getaway.

He had six touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked eight times.

In only two quarters against the Giants, it all fell apart. Cutler was sacked a whopping nine times by the Giants' reinvigorated defense, had no touchdowns and threw one interception. Injury to insult: he suffered a concussion that kept him out of the rest of the game.

His status is uncertain for next week's game against the Panthers.

After one of the nine sacks, Cutler was so woozy he started walking toward the Giants' sidelines.

The battering Cutler absorbed reignited questions about new offensive coordinator Mike Martz's play-calling. In his system, which relies on seven-step dropbacks by the quarterback, it often invites defensive pressure because of the deeper pass patterns involved.

The Giants saw on film that Cutler was getting rid of the ball quickly, even on his deep drops, so their challenge was to get pressure early. The other task was to provide adequate coverage on the Bears' receivers to force Cutler to hesitate while looking for a target.

The plan worked to perfection, and the Bears' offensive line quickly collapsed under the heavy rush provided mostly by the Giants' defensive line.

 

 

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