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Cutler: 'We kept stubbing our toe'


Bears quarterback Jay Cutler praised the offensive line's performance in Sunday's overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills, but conceded that the offense has "some things we have to clean up."

The Bears amassed 427 total yards and 29 first downs, but committed three turnovers on two Cutler interceptions and a Brandon Marshall fumble that the Bills converted into 13 points.

"I thought the offensive line did a great job," Cutler said. "Turnovers hurt us, penalties hurt us. We just kept stubbing our toe on certain things throughout the game, things we have to clean up. Overall, we just didn't get the job done offensively."

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), left guard Matt Slauson (ankle) and center Roberto Garza (ankle) all exited with injuries. Michael Ola and Brian de la Puente excelled in place of Slauson and Garza, respectively, but the Bears missed Jeffery in the second half.

"[Playing without] Alshon down the stretch hurt us a little bit with some one-on-one match-ups," Cutler said. "His big size always helps."

Marshall finished the game but was limping noticeably after his leg got pinned awkwardly underneath him while he was being tackled late in the third quarter.

With Jeffery out, Josh Morgan, Santonio Holmes and Micheal Spurlock all saw expanded playing time in the second half. Asked about his comfort level with the reserve receivers, Cutler said: "We'll have to get pretty comfortable. We'll see what happens with Alshon. Brandon finished the game, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow. Somebody is going to have to figure out some stuff; get Marty [Martellus Bennett] going a little bit more maybe.

"We're going to have to get a comfort level with Santonio, Josh and Spurlock pretty quickly. We'll game plan accordingly, but those guys will have to make plays for us. It's as simple as that. They've all played in the NFL. They've all contributed on different teams and we're going to expect the same here."

Cutler completed 34 of 49 passes for 349 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and an 86.2 passer rating. His first pick came on a pass over the middle intended for Bennett.

"Marty and I just need to get together and watch the film on that," Cutler said.

Cutler told reporters that the Bears will learn from Sunday's loss and begin preparing for next Sunday night's game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

"You guys are going to be as negative as possible. We understand that," Cutler said. "But we have a lot of games left. We did a lot of good things. Obviously we made mistakes today. We'll clean it up and keep moving on."

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