Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is managing the game for his team, while Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is not.
Cutler looks more like a calm and cool customer, and much less like the rattled, somewhat inconsistent player we've all come to know. And the opposite is true for Stafford, who is playing relatively healthy for the longest stretch in his young career.
At one point Stafford was 0-for-8 when throwing to his right. The Lions, who are down 20-6 at the half, failed to capitalize on a 1-on-1 scenario with Calvin Johnson from within the 10-yard line. Well, that was more Stafford, not the Lions. You get the point.
Stafford has completed 14 of 28 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Are the gloves he's wearing the problem? He doesn't seem to have the touch he's displayed for most of the year. And the fact that he couldn't connect on his signature jump-ball toss to Johnson was disappointing -- that's their play!
While he nearly had his head taken off by Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril, Cutler looked poised in the first half. He was almost Brett Favre-surgical with his throws. He was evasive, and read the Lions defense like a book. He was excellent on the Bears final scoring drive of the half -- resulted in a field goal -- finding Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett on a couple nice connections.
Cutler was 9-for-14 for 123 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.
The Lions defense has pressured Cutler, but the linebackers and secondary have failed to reap the benefits.