The Chicago Bears have benched quarterback Jay Cutler and will start backup QB Jimmy Clausen, per Adam Schefter.
In 14 games this season, Cutler has completed 347 of his 525 attempts (66.1%) and tallied 3640 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.
However, the Bears are 5-9. The Bears are currently riding a three game losing skid, and have lost six of their past eight contests.
Clausen, a 2010 second draft pick out of Notre Dame, has seen limited playing time in his career. He accumulated a 1-9 record during the ten games he started as a rookie with the Carolina Panthers. Clausen joined the Bears in 2014, and has participated in three games this regular season with Chicago.
The Bears are slated to host the Detroit Lions this Sunday. The Lions’ defense is second in the league in yards/game, and have the league’s top run defense. The Lions give up an average of 63.3 rushing YPG.
Bears running back Matt Forte needs to consistently produce for the Bears to have a chance to win this Sunday. Time of possession will play a big factor in the upcoming Bears’ game.