A Tumultuous 2009:
Jay Cutler threw 4 interceptions in his Chicago debut against the rival Green Bay Packers. Cutler would follow his up rough debut with a 2 touchdown performance and an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Inconsistent performance would define Cutler’s 2009 season, as well as most of his career.
Cutler would continue his momentum with wins against the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. He threw 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception in the 3 game win streak. However, the Bears’ win streak came to a screeching halt in prime time. The Chicago Bears suffered a painful 21-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night football. Cutler and the Bears would follow-up their loss with an embarrassing 45-10 defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bears would go on to route Cleveland, but the wheels fell of the wagon shortly after. Despite starting the season 4-3, Jay Cutler and the Bears dropped 4 straight games in embarrassing fashion. The first game against the Arizona Cardinals where Kurt Warner ran the Bears out of Soldier Field in a 42-21 rout. However, the lowest point for Cutler came on Thursday night football against the 49ers. He threw 5 interceptions in a humiliating 6-10 loss at Candlestick Park. Cutler threw 5 touchdowns to 9 interceptions throughout the losing streak.
With the Bears eliminated from playoff contention at 5-9, little hope remained in the 2009 season. However, Cutler orchestrated two impressive wins to close out the year. The most impressive of the two games came on Monday night against the Brett Farve led Minnesota Vikings. Jay Cutler threw 4 touchdowns in an overtime win against the playoff bound Vikings. Cutler repeated his solid performance in the season finale against Detroit with another 4 scores. Cutler ended 2009 with 26 picks, but showed promise for the future.