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  • Updated: September 24, 2011 - 9:17 PM

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is right back where he was last year: leading the league in getting the you-know-what beat out of him.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is seen in the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears, 30-13, at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is right back where he was last year: leading the league in getting the you-know-what beat out of him. Sacked a league-high 52 times last year, he's now been sacked a league-high 11 times through two games. He's on pace to be sacked 88 times, 12 more than David Carr's NFL record. Of course, that's assuming Cutler lasts that long. Even he seems to wonder how long he can last. Asked if he can survive this beating for 16 games, Cutler knocked on wood and said, "I don't know. You know, I don't know."

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Detroit's starting linebackers from Week 1 last season -- Julian Peterson, Landon Johnson and Zack Follett -- are out of football. The Lions upgraded the position by adding outside linebacker Justin Durant and middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Outside linebacker DeAndre Levy also is healthy and starting again. The Lions have had one of the NFL's best defensive lines the past two seasons. Watching Durant and Levy combine for 18 tackles -- as they did last week -- shows they might now have one of the best front sevens.

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Note to defensive coordinators who dial up heavy blitz packages against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: good luck. According to STATS Inc., Rodgers leads the NFL with an amazing 144.6 passer rating against the blitz. He has completed 20 of 29 passes for 352 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the extra pressure. Add that to the fact he had an NFL-best 108.7 passer rating against the blitz over the course of the 2009-10 seasons.

MARK CRAIG

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