It’s Plan B for the Lions who won’t have to figure out how to stop quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears (5-9) will bench Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen when the division rivals meet at Soldier Field.
The Lions (10-4) can clinch a playoff spot with a win.
So far this season, Cutler has 28 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. Two of those picks came in the Thanksgiving loss to the Lions at Ford Field.
Clausen has completed three of nine attempts in garbage time in three games this season where the Bears didn’t have a chance for a comeback.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Clausen played for the Carolina Panthers, but was not active for a game.
He was 1-9 as a rookie starter for the Panthers who drafted him in the second round out of Notre Dame. He threw three touchdowns against nine interceptions and lost two of his nine fumbles.
Still, the Lions cannot take Clausen lightly.
In the final game of the 2011 season, the Lions played the Packers who had Matt Flynn at quarterback instead of Aaron Rodgers. Easy win? Not so much. Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the Packers’ 45-41 win at Green Bay.