Sunday could be the ideal opportunity for Jets CB Darrelle Revis to get his first interception of the season.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told ESPN.com he has no plans of avoiding Revis, like so many before him have.
"No, you can't assume [the Bears will stay away from Revis' side]," Cutler said. "We've got good receivers. We trust the guys in our locker room. I tell those guys: 'You're gonna have to get open.' Whatever it takes, we're gonna have to find a way to complete balls [on Revis' side] because you can't eliminate one side of the field.”
Revis earned a reputation as the top cornerback in the league last year despite finishing second to Packers CB Charles Woodson in the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year voting. He held out all of training camp before finally agreeing to a re-worked, four-year contract. But he has been hampered by hamstring injuries for parts of the season that cost him two games and slowed him for others. In his first three seasons in the league Revis had three, five and six interceptions, but is still looking for his first of 2010.
“It's too hard to do,” Cutler said of staying away from Revis. “It gives them too much of an advantage. So Johnny [Knox], and Devin [Hester], and all those guys, they're gonna have to find a way."
Cutler has cut down on his interceptions in leading the Bears to an NFC North title this season. He had 26 last year, his first in Chicago, but has cut that number in half heading into Week 16. It would even be lower if not for being victimized by the Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall — another one of the NFL’s elite corners — who picked off Cutler an NFL-record-tying four times in Washington’s Week 7 win.
"It doesn't mean you don't do it, you just have to be careful on how you're gonna do it," Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "[Revis is] very consistent, very, very, very confident in his skill, and does not overreact. He's really as good as I've seen in many years. But that doesn't mean that you don't create opportunities. It's a terrific challenge for our guys, there's no question."