Peaking in December for a good run in January. It's always talked about. Some teams are good at it, some teams aren't.
The Dallas Cowboys have been notoriously bad at it in recent years, and the blame goes on the quarterback, and rightly so. It's well documented that Tony Romo doesn't have the best record in the last month of the regular season. This record has lead him to only one win in January.
Cutler is Romo-like
According to Donovan McNabb, Romo isn't alone. McNabb has seriously questioned Jay Cutler's ability to get it done when it matters. Cutler has one playoff win in nine years in the NFL. Not what the doctor ordered when it comes to a team as big as the Chicago Bears.
McNabb was talking on 87.7 FM in Chicago and went as far to describe Cutler as the "Tony Romo of the Midwest"
"He's the Tony Romo of the Midwest. We can talk about arm talent, we can talk about being able to throw a ball through a wall. He can put up 280, 340 yards passing, but you look across the board he's got two interceptions in a game that cost them maybe 14 points or so. That hurts a football team."
There aren't many quarterbacks, past and present who can boast of a respectable record in January however McNabb has nine wins out from 16 starts in January and sits tied 10th for most playoff wins.
McNabb went on to say that however good a quarterback you may be, nothing matters unless you can get it done in the playoffs (an issue circulating over Andy Dalton over the past seasons):
"Can he play in this league? Absolutely, he's proven that," McNabb said. "But a quarterback is measured by your body of work, meaning your wins and losses record, the numbers you put up. And the end-all be-all is how many playoff wins do you have? How many playoff appearances do you have? If you only have one to show for almost a decade of play that means you can't lead your team to the playoffs."
As expected, Cutler has looked good so far this season. He has the fifth most passing yards of any quarterback (1,676) and also is tied fifth for passing touchdowns (13). The Bears however sit at .500 (3-3) and face Green Bay and New England in two of their next three games. A few unexpected wins could set the Bears up for a serious playoff push and give Cutler a chance to put his demons behind him.
It wont be easy though, the NFC North is one of the toughest divisions in football. One of Detroit, Green Bay and Chicago wont make the playoffs.
Let's be real here, Green Bay are winning that division.
Week 13 and 16 are when the Bears and Lions will face off. Something tells me those games will be key to their playoff hopes. Who do you fancy?