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Impacting the Sack

As Lester wraps up the, for once, not depressing 2013 Sack Watch, and after giving it a first shot after noticing sacks were not as drive-killing because they were looked like shorter sacks instead of being always on huge seven step drops, I've put my time where my suggestions are, and I'm seeing what happened after the sack.

I'll be using the Pro Football Reference drive summaries as source. Links to each Sack Watch also given.

Bengals, Week 1

Vikings, Week 2

  1. 3rd and 9, on the Min 31, leading 14-7, Cutler was sacked and fumbled, returned for a TD
@Steelers, Week 3
  1. 1st and 10 on the Chi 19, leading 17-3, Cutler was sacked for a couple. After two incompletes, punted.
  2. 2nd and 10 on the Chi 30, leading 27-13, Cutler was sacked for 6, with a Jeffery penalty on the mix. After an incomplete pass, punted.
@Lions, Week 4
  1. 2nd and 12 on the Chi 19, trailing 10-23, Cutler was sacked for 9, after a well short completion to Forte, punted
  2. 3rd and 4 on the Chi 26, trailing 10-30, Cutler was sacked for 10, punted
  3. 3rd and 10 on the Chi 16, trailing 16-36, Cutler was sacked and fumbled, returned for a TD.
Saints, Week 5
  1. 1st and 10 on the Chi 20, trailing 3-0, Cutler was sacked and fumbled for a turnover.
  2. 2nd and 10 on the Chi 30, trailing 6-0, Cutler was sacked for 7, after a well short pass to Marshall, punted
  3. 2nd and 9 on the Chi 26, trailing 6-0, Cutler was sacked for. after a short pass to Forte, punted.
Giants, Week 6
@Washington, Week 7
  1. 1st and 10 on the Chi 45, trailing 10-17, Cutler was sacked for 6 and injured. After a McCown scramble and an incompletion to Forte, punted
  2. 2nd and 3 on the Wsh 44, trailing 41-45, McCown was sacked for 7. Game over.
@Packers, Week 9
  1. 3rd and 8 on the GB43, leading 7-3, McCown was sacked for 1, punted
Lions, Week 10
  1. 3rd and 7 on the Chi17, Tied at 7, Cutler was sacked for 9, but with a personal foul on the Lions. Bears failed to capitalize, and after being short on the next set of downs, punted.
  2. 1st and 10 on the Chi 49, trailing 21-13, McCown was sacked for a loss of 3. The Bears kept on marching, and after 7 plays and a fourth down conversion, McCown finds Marshall for a Touchdown.
Ravens, Week 11
  1. 2nd and 10 on the Chi 35, still scoreless, McCown was sacked for no loss. After an incomplete, punted
  2. 2nd and 11 on the Bal 14, trailing 17-13, McCown was sacked for a loss of 1. On the next play, he finds Forte for a Touchdown.
@Rams, Week 12
  1. 3rd and 1 on the STL1, trailing 14-27, McCown was sacked for 9, but a roughing the passer was flagged. After a second attempt, Bush runs it in for a Touchdown
  2. 1st and 10 on the Chi 39, trailing 21-31, McCown was sacked and fumbled, returned for a TD
@Vikings, Week 13
  1. 2nd and 10 in Min 27, trailing 3-7, McCown was sacked for 4. After a 9 yard pass to Bennett, Gould hits the Field goal.
  2. 2nd and 10 on Min 42, leading 13-10, McCown loses 4 on the sack. Then he hits Jeffery for a 46 yard Touchdown.
  3. 1st ao 10 on midfield, tied at 20, McCown sacked for no loss. after a short pass, Gould misses a record-breaking attempt . Overtime.
  4. 3rd and 11 on Min 47, tied at 20, McCown loses 5 fumbles and Bushrod recovers. Punted.
    Cowboys, Week 14
  1. 1st and 10 on the Dal 23, leading 21-42, McCown is sacked for 7. Bears get a first down, then a few runs to kill clock, Gould kicks a Field Goal
@Browns, Week 15
  1. 1st and 10 on the Chi 20, tied at 17, Cutler sacked for 1. After a bunch of plays, Martellus Bennett fumbles and is returned for a touchdown (although sack unrelated)
  2. 2nd and 8 on the Chi 21, trailing 17-24, Cutler loses 3. After a short pass, punted
@Eagles, Week 16
  1. 3rd and 3 on the Chi 26, scoreless, Cutler goes down for 8, punted
  2. 1st and 10 on the Phi 19, trailing 0-21, Cutler goes down for 9 and...
  3. 2nd and 19 on the Phi 37, Cutler is sacked back-to-back for 9 more. After an incomplete, punted
  4. 3rd and 7 on the Chi 25, trailing by who was counting at this point, Cutler goes down, fumbled and recovered, but punted
  5. 1st and 10, on the Phi 42, trailing by numbers they should be ashamed of, Cutler goes down for a loss of 12. However, after a bunch of completions, targets Marshall in the endzone for a Touchdown. Yay?

Packers, Week 17

  1. 1st and 10 on the Chi 10, leading 3-6, Cutler is sacked for a couple. after a short run and an incompletion, punted.

I though the Bears were a bit more successful completing drives after sacks - on 29 drives, 6 ended up on scores.

Good parts? only one drive with multiple sacks, and the team mostly managed to avoid further loss of field position with penalties or turnovers - although there were 3 QB fumbles returned for TD and another by a receiver, no interceptions. The crap sandwich of previous years seems to be out of the menu.

I'll probably do the same for previous seasons along the offseason. It seems a good way to hit the bottle.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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