Marc Trestman ends mystery early: Jay Cutler will start for Bears against Packers

It's down to one game for the NFC North title in Week 17, and we know one half of the starting quarterbacks for the game.

The Chicago Bears will start quarterback Jay Cutler Sunday against the Green Bay Packers for a playoff spot and a home game, Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Monday. As for the Packers, there's still the unknown if Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), who has missed the past seven games after getting hurt vs. the Bears in the team's last matchup in Green Bay, will play, or if it'll be Matt Flynn again.

Cutler and the Bears got nothing going offensively early in Week 16 in a 54-11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, taking five sacks. Trestman said after the game that the Bears lost the battle at the line of scrimmage, which was an understatement.

Cutler's ankle has been a point of concern since he returned to the lineup in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns, and considering how well backup Josh McCown played in Cutler's absence before that, there has been some talk that he could be called upon again if Cutler struggles.

That won't happen to start the game, however, as Trestman ended that debate quickly. Trestman has been a staunch supporter of Cutler nearly every step of the way in his first season as head coach.

It's likely we'll have to wait to find out if Rodgers can go. He was ruled out late last week for what Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called an "organizational decision," which some observers took as a shot across the bow of GM Ted Thompson for perhaps being too conservative with the team's franchise quarterback in a playoff race.

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