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How many game-winners has Gould kicked?

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Larry discusses Robbie Gould's game-winning field goals, if the Bears will call more screen passes and Jay Cutler's record in his last 20 games as a starter.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

How many game-winning field goals has Robbie Gould kicked with the Bears?

Wally M.
Vancouver, Washington

Robbie Gould's 41-yard field goal as time expired last Sunday against the Panthers was the 10th game-winning kick of his eight-year Bears career. Interestingly, eight of the game-winners have come at Soldier Field, including the last seven. His previous game-winner was a 19-yarder with :04 left to beat the Packers 20-17 on Sept. 27, 2010. Five of the kicks have come in overtime.

Do you think the Bears will give Matt Forte more goal-line touches or maybe run more screens?

From Ron S. on Twitter

I don't see Matt Forte getting more goal-line or short-yardage carries as long as bruising complementary back Michael Bush remains healthy. But I think it's possible we'll see more screens with Forte. It's a great way to get the ball in his hands in space. Here's what quarterback Jay Cutler said this week when asked about employing more screens: "We like screens. We would like to get them called more. We would probably like to be a little more successful at them. We called a few in the Panthers game, [but] caught the wrong coverage. It's a feel thing for an offensive coordinator of when to dial it up and when not to, and I think Mike [Tice] is getting better and better. With our backs and getting Matt on the outside like that, it's something we need to incorporate more."

What is Jay Cutler's record as a starter in his last 20 games?

From Geremy T. on Twitter

Jay Cutler is 15-5 in his last 20 starts dating back to the 2010 season. He's 13-4 the past two seasons, and is 11-1 in his last 12 starts, giving him a .917 winning percentage that is tops among NFL starting quarterbacks during that time.

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