Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were all at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, but the only quarterback who got to celebrate a win at the end of the game was Jay Cutler.
The Bears quarterback had come up empty in four previous starts at Lambeau Field. Cutler had averaged three interceptions while completing barely half his passes in those games, but was 19-of-31 for 200 yards and a touchdown as the Bears moved to 5-6 in a 17-13 victory that continued a big week for Cutler.
“It’s huge,” Cutler said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s been a fun week for me — a Sunday game, and then having a baby on a Monday, and then turning around and playing on a Thursday. I think everyone’s looking forward to going home and spending some time with the family.”
Cutler said he couldn’t even remember last year’s 55-14 thumping at Lambeau, saying that “so much is new” this season. Tackle Kyle Long explained one of the differences.
“I’m sure there have been times in the past that he’s played well and he hasn’t had guys who have his back,” Long said. “We got Jay’s back, and he knows that. And he was excited.”
The Bears are at home against the 49ers and Redskins the next two weeks, which could give them an opportunity to get into the race for a playoff spot if things break right with other teams in that mix. Should that happen, another new development may be an offseason free of discussion about dumping Cutler since the Bears wouldn’t be drafting at a spot where they’re likely to take one of the top rookie quarterbacks.