Those records aren't all about the quarterbacks though. Manning has played on better teams.
Manning also has had another very significant advantage over Cutler. He has played on the same team, with many of the same players, with the same basic offensive system.
Cutler, meanwhile, has played on two teams and has had five offensive coordinators. It's almost impossible for a player like Cutler to compensate for the lack of continuity early in a career.
Manning also has a two-year head start on Cutler. Two years ago, Manning was nowhere near as respected as he is now.
So the 29-year old Cutler remains a work in progress. He need not be limited by what he has been up to this point. Cutler is hitting the sweet spot of his career, and he has a wonderful opportunity this season
Cutler never will be "Easy E." He is a different type of player and person. But Cutler is capable of being Manning's equal.
All he has to do is win.