Chalkboard stats: Cutler's big throw

This week’s edition of Chalkboard Stats focuses on the decisive play in the Chicago Bears win over the New York Jets on Sunday, the 26-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Johnny Knox that gave the Bears the lead for good in the third quarter.

Using the diagram above, let's take a closer look at the play and see how it defied the statistical analysis to this point in the season.

A) Cutler, under center, takes a straight dropback

Twenty-one quarterbacks entered Week 16 with at least 300 pass attempts on a straight dropback (snap taken under center without the use of play-action, rollout, bootleg, etc), and only the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers averaged more yards per attempt than Jay Cutler's 7.7.

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