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Bears' Jay Cutler Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Bears fans have made a cottage industry of dissing Jay Cutler since he arrived here last year. Some of this criticism has been justified, particularly last year when Cutler threw more to other teams’ players than he had TD passes, or in his four-interception game against the Redskins earlier this year.

It appears Cutler has at last turned the corner and become the leader that the Bears need. For his great game against the Eagles on Sunday, Cutler was named NFC offensive player of the week.

Cutler completed 14 of 21 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns en route to a career-high 146.2 passer rating. The four touchdown passes tied a career high for Cutler, who now has three four-TD games as a Bear, which is tied for second most in franchise history.

This is the third time Cutler has won this award, and his second time as a Bear; he also won it last year for his 2009 Week 16 performance against the Vikings. Showing how the Bears offense is starting to click, it is the fourth time a Bears player has won a Player of the Week award Matt Forté (Offensive, Week 1), Devin Hester (Special Teams, Week 10) and Julius Peppers (Defensive, Week 11); Peppers, as previously noted in this StoryStream™, has added Defensive Player of the Month honors for November.