Jay Cutler to start against Detroit on Sunday

Jay Cutler ready to rock against Detroit this weekend

11/7/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler injured his groin back in Week 7, it was reported that he would miss at least four weeks. It appears that Cutler has beaten his timetable, as head coach Marc Trestman has announced that Cutler will start this weekend's game against the Detroit Lions - just three weeks after Cutler suffered his injury. Thanks to the Bears' Week 8 bye, Cutler will have missed only one game with the ailment.

Blog Photo - Jay Cutler to start against Detroit on SundayCutler will return to the field in a huge game against a division rival. With the Green Bay Packers missing the face of their franchise (Aaron Rodgers, broken collarbone), the Bears and Lions are the cream of the crop in the NFC North for the time being. This game will have huge implications as to who is in the driver's seat down the stretch of the season. A Bears' loss would make them 0-2 against the Lions on the season, giving the Lions the tiebreaker if the two sides finish the season with identical records.

The fact that Cutler is returning before his expected return date could suggest how seriously the Bears are taking this game. Josh McCown served very well as Cutler's replacement, winning his only start and throwing three touchdowns with no interceptions over the game-and-a-half that he played, but Cutler allows the Bears to do more on offense thanks to his rocket arm and rapport with the starting receivers. 

Cutler returns with a career-best 91.7 passer rating, and he'll look to continue his career year against the Lions' 26th ranked pass defense. This game should be one of the most exciting of the weekend, as two 5-3 teams with potent offenses are vying for the top spot in the NFC North.

Cutler is a bit of a risky fantasy play in his first game back, possibly at less than a hundred percent. Aggressive owners, however, may want to stick him into their lineups, as this game could turn into a shootout - the game features two top-six scoring offenses and two bottom-ten pass defenses. It should be a fun one.
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