291. Watch Jay Cutler Win His First Playoff Game

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Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears

My husband, Bill, woke up today in a mood best described as “chipper”. It didn’t take long for me to realize why. “You should have your blog post for today be ‘Watch Jay Cutler Win His First Playoff Game’.” I might not be a football expert, but if talking about today’s Chicago Bears Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks makes Bill happy, this one works for me!

Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears

“I think it’s going to be a pretty tight game. The Bears need to pressure Seattle’s quarterback to win and protect Cutler.” I made Bill give me the scoop so I could write this post.

“Cutler’s really talented. He’s big and athletic, but he tends to get frustrated easily under pressure and unfortunately that leads to rash decisions which often end up in interceptions. I don’t care if he’s ‘Mr. Personality’. He just needs to keep his cool on the field. When he does that he’s on top of his game and he’s really a good quarterback.”

With the home field advantage and the Seattle Seahawk’s record, Bill believes the odds are in our favor. And, if the Bears win this one, I forecast sunny skies in this Barrington household for at least the next week. Bill’s eyes shine like the Vince Lombardi Trophy when he talks about the Bears playing the Green Bay Packers next weekend. “The two teams have rarely met in the playoffs let alone in a conference championship game so it would be one of the most significant games in the oldest and best rivalry in football.” Whoa! I’m not sure if I grasp the historic significance like Bill does, but I get that it could be big. And going to that game will surely be one of Bill’s highlights of 2011.

With so much riding on today’s game, I’m a cautiously optimistic about the outcome. But Bill assures me it won’t be a total mood spoiler. “They should beat this team. But you have to realize that they’ve had a lot of things bounce their way this season for them to get this far. I’ll be disappointed if they don’t win this game, but I’m not going to let the loss spoil a really good season.”

The game is on Fox and it starts at Noon. Go Bears!

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