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Cutler plummeting into fantasy purgatory

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By Michael Blunda

Bears QB Jay Cutler was supposed to have a huge day against the Redskins' porous pass defense. But it didn't happen.

Instead of picking apart a Washington secondary that had been allowing nearly 300 yards per game, he decided to simply throw them the ball — to CB DeAngelo Hall, in particular. Hall was the recipient of all four of Cutler's interceptions, and the QB threw for just 281 yards and one TD and lost a fumble in yet another Chicago loss.

Since starting off the season on fire with two big outings, Cutler's production has decreased significantly. In his four games after Week Two (he missed Week Five with a concussion), the Bears' signalcaller has two TDs and six INTs without any 300-yard efforts. It has been a nightmare for owners who hoped that the arrival of offensive coordinator Mike Martz would elevate the QB to fantasy stardom.

If anything, though, Martz's schemes may be hindering Cutler's production. Without an offensive line that can protect him, Cutler has had virtually no time to throw, yet Martz continues to call for deep dropbacks that take forever to develop. It has resulted in Cutler being forced into bad decisions and taking a league-high 27 sacks.

Maybe the Bears will figure things out during their Week Eight bye, because if they don't, Cutler might have to be left on fantasy benches down the stretch.

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