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Cutler realizes Bears need offense to step up with playoff spot on the line

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) (The Associated Press)

Jay Cutler understands the Chicago Bears need help to get to the playoffs, and they could use more than just an assist from archrival Green Bay.

It would help if their offense pitched in.

It hasn't in recent weeks, and that's one reason the Bears (9-6) are in danger of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. Those struggles have played a big role in their free-fall after a 7-1 start, and even if they win at Detroit in the season finale on Sunday, there's no guarantee they'll make it.

They'll still need Green Bay to beat or tie Minnesota. They could also get in with a tie if the Vikings lose.

Either way, Cutler says for quarterbacks, these are "games you've got to have."

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