Though the Chicago Bears are expected to miss the playoffs for the fifth-straight season dating back to 2010, there has been lots of positive talk surrounding the team. A large chunk of it has had to do with the unexpected improvement of quarterback Jay Cutler. A year ago this was a veteran stuck in his old ways. He put up good numbers but was once again reckless with the football, leading the NFL with 24 turnovers.

Many wondered if 2015 would be his final season in Chicago. If it is, Bleacher Report expert and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms believes it’s by far the best of his career with the team. So much in fact that he placed Cutler in the top 5 of his quarterback power rankings.

With one game remaining, Jay has thrown for 3, 414 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His quarterback rating of 92.8 would trump the highest of his career, 89.2, by over three points if it stays that way through the final week of the season. Considering he’s been able to do all this with both his offensive line and wide receivers suffering through a string of injuries that has often hung him out to dry makes it even more remarkable.

Making it all the sweeter is the fact that Cutler leapfrogged Aaron Rodgers up in Green Bay to reach his new position in the rankings. For the first time since 2010 Cutler beat Rodgers in a game back on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field. Since then the reigning MVP has played some of the worst football of his career.

It will certainly be hard for Jay Cutler to have any sympathy for his rival. Maybe now he’s getting a taste of what life can be like when the pieces around you aren’t good enough. Regardless, this latest tip of the cap is another reminder that the 32-year old quarterback may finally be maturing. If so, this is great news for the future.

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