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Dec 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at Soldier Field. The Washington Redskins defeat the Chicago Bears 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


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The Chicago Bears have been unable to win games at home this year, and it’s really hurt their chances. In seven home games this season, the Bears have won only once. They allowed a second straight to get away from them at home against Washington, which sealed the Bears’ fate of a playoff-less season.

But let’s look at the positives. Jay Cutler is having arguably his best season, and he put in another solid performance against Washington. He threw for 315 yards and found the end zone twice. Before the season, it looked like the Bears were going to be looking for a new quarterback at some point in the near future, and while they may look to add one in the offseason, it seems unlikely it will be an immediate replacement for Cutler.

Has he finally removed the “Coach Killer” tag he’s been long associated with? In this case, it appears the coaches have saved him. And if he can play like this next season with a healthy group of receivers, the Bears offense could be one of the best in the league. A receiving trio of Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal along with Martellus Bennett and Jeremy Langford at running back?

Look out.

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