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How have Bears fared without Cutler?


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

Since Jay Cutler joined the Bears, how has the team fared in games that another quarterback started?

Ben W.
Bellevue, Ohio

The Bears are 5-9 in games that Jay Cutler has missed since he was acquired in a 2009 trade with the Denver Broncos. Josh McCown has been the most successful backup, compiling a 4-3 record. After splitting the final two games in 2011—losing at Green Bay and winning in Minnesota—McCown was 3-2 in 2013, completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns, one interception and a 109.0 passer rating. The Bears won the first game Cutler missed on Oct. 10, 2010, a 23-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers. But it wasn't because of the quarterback play. Replacement Todd Collins was benched in favor of Caleb Hanie after connecting on just 6 of 16 passes for 32 yards while throwing four interceptions. Interestingly, Jimmy Clausen started that game for the Panthers. Hanie was 0-4 when he subbed for Cutler in 2011 and Jason Campbell lost his only start in 2012. Clausen also lost his only start last season against the Lions after Cutler was benched by coach Marc Trestman.

Going back to last year the Bears have lost seven games in a row. What is their record for most consecutive losses?

Val Rita, Ontario, Canada

The Bears record for most consecutive losses is eight, which they set in 1978 after a 3-0 start and matched in 2002 following a 2-0 start. They followed the streak in 1978 by winning four of their final five games to finish 7-9 and went 2-4 down the stretch in 2002 to finish 4-12.

How have the Bears fared against the Seahawks in Seattle?

Pete L.
Hobart, Indiana

The Bears are 2-4 versus the Seahawks in Seattle heading into this weekend's game, winning 34-7 in 1976 in the Seahawks' first NFL season and then again by a 25-19 score in 2009. Bears losses in Seattle have come by scores of 20-14 in 1982, 38-9 in 1984, 24-17 in 2003 and 30-23 in 2007.

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