In light of Kyle Orton’s 35-for-48 performance and 330 passing yards along with 2 touchdowns on Sunday against the Patriots, it seems only fitting to reiterate some of the points I made last week.
Most of you got that I was merely pointing out how well Orton has played this season, while a couple others took it as a slap in Jay Cutler’s face. Cutler’s better, but Orton is playing excellent football, too.
Again, I’d rather have Cutler. He’s put up numbers that are almost as impressive as Orton’s, and he’s done it with far less talent. That’s not to disrespect Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox. They’ve played extremely well, but Cutler has made them better.
In Denver, Brandon Marshall is an absolute beast, and he has made Orton better than he ever was in Chicago. He’s still not as good as Cutler, but Orton’s team is 5-0.
Orton is now 26-12 as a starter, which is pretty Brady-like. Cutler remains 20-21 after the off week.
The other numbers are pretty close, and are all outstanding. Orton actually threw his first interception of the season last week. He was picked off by Randy Moss, who was in the game to provide an extra pair of hands and help defend a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half.
After five weeks, Orton is 10th in the NFL with a passer rating of 97.4 with 7 TD passes and just 1 pick. Cutler is 14th at 89.4, and he’s got 8 TD passes and 5 interceptions. Starting with the second half of the season opener against the Packers, Cutler has 8 TD passes and 2 interceptions.
Both quarterbacks have been sacked eight times, although Orton has played one more game. Cutler has completed 64.3 percent of his passes, while Orton is at 63.0.
In closing, Orton is having an outstanding season, even though his production is helped by Marshall, Eddie Royal, a solid offensive line and a defense that has been phenomenal so far.
But Cutler’s the better quarterback. Got it?