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Jay Cutler's typical hot-and-cold season, outstanding game vs. Patriots

After a shaky start to the season, Jay Cutler was tremendous for the Miami Dolphins in their dominant victory over the New England Patriots in Week 14.

He completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Let's take a deeper dive on Cutler's year with Miami and play of late.

Here are Cutler's split stats at home and away from the Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium this season:

Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TD INT QB Rating
Home 127 193 65.8 1286 12 8 88.1
Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TD INT QB Rating
Away 91 147 61.9 814 6 3 81.8

Not a significant difference across the board, but he's been more accurate at home than on the road.

Overall, Cutler has had issues with his efficiency as a passer. His season yards-per-attempt average of 6.2 is 30th out of 35 qualifying quarterbacks. Tyrod Taylor is 28th at 6.4 yards per attempt.

In his three outings before his performance against the Patriots, Cutler completed 57.5 percent of his throws at 6.64 yards per attempt with five touchdowns, six picks, and a 67.2 passer rating. Strangely, immediately following that trio of games, he went 34 of 42 for 311 yards with three scores and no interceptions against the Raiders.

However, going into Week 15's game against Buffalo, based on passer rating, Cutler has been essentially the same quarterback as he's been for his entire NFL career. Right now Cutler's career passer rating is 85.7. His 2017 passer rating is currently 85.4.

In his 11 seasons before signing with the Dolphins, Cutler's touchdown rate was 4.6. His interception rate was 3.3. With Miami this year, his TD rate is up to 5.3. His INT rate is essentially the same at 3.2.

He was a career 61.9 completion percentage passer from 2006-2016. Adam Gase has helped that percentage to jump to 64.1 in 2017. The latter shouldn't come as a surprise with the Gase-Cutler pairing. In 2015, with Gase was his offensive coordinator in Chicago, Cutler completed 64.4 percent of his throws — his second-highest percentage in one season in his career — and had the highest quarterback rating (92.3) of his time as a professional.

Cutler's average depth of target this year is 8.2 yards, the 25th-highest out of 38 qualifying quarterbacks. Accompanying that how quickly Cutler gets rid of the football. At this point, he has the 12th-fastest "time to throw" on the season in Pro Football Focus' system.

In the end, Cutler has been drastically up and down with Miami. He now has three games with a quarterback rating of 110 or higher and four contests with a quarterback rating of 75 or lower.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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