It's hard to justify letting Jay Cutler have his job back.
McCown completed 27 of 36 throws (75 percent) for 348 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and he ran for a 7-yard touchdown. He hit Brandon Marshall for a 2-point conversion. McCown posted a 141.9 passer rating and did not commit a turnover.
On Chicago's opening drive, McCown found Earl Bennett wide open for a 4-yard score. Right before halftime, McCown lofted a 25-yard pass to the back corner of the end zone. Alshon Jeffery skied between two Cowboys defenders, corralling it for a highlight-reel score.
McCown hit running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush for second-half touchdowns as Chicago scored on its first eight possessions. McCown has nine touchdowns and two turnovers in his last three starts. Remarkably, the 348 yards were the fewest he's passed for during that stretch.
McCown added 16 yards on three carries.
It's unclear whether McCown will get another start Week 15 at Cleveland, as Cutler appears close to returning from his ankle injury.
Jay Cutler was able to return to practice Thursday, but head coach Marc Trestman said he would not play Week 14. McCown has started, and played well, the past three weeks. He’ll get another shot to show what he can do Monday night.
The Bears on Monday will host the Cowboys, who rank dead last in total defense (421.6) and 31st in pass defense (294.9). Dallas gives up the the second most Fantasy points (23.0 per game) to opposing quarterbacks. The Cowboys have yielded 22 passing touchdowns, tied for 21st-most.
McCown has been a revelation since stepping in for Cutler, who'll test his gimpy ankle Thursday. McCown has thrown nine touchdown passes while committing two turnovers and has gone over 300 yards two straight weeks. In those games at St. Louis and Minnesota, McCown completed 59 of 83 throws for 707 yards and four scores.
If the Bears excercise caution with Cutler, roll with McCown as a top-7 play.
McCown compiled the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career Sunday, completing 23 of 36 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a 114.9 quarterback rating in the overtime loss.
McCown had a pretty quiet first half, as Chicago trailed 7-6 at halftime. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 154 yards, and it could have been even worse had an interception in the first quarter stood. But McCown got off the hook because of a defensive penalty on Minnesota. However, McCown came alive after halftime thanks to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
On the second play of the third quarter, Jeffery went 80 yards for a touchdown. On the team's next drive, McCown threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Jeffery, who finished with 12 catches for 249 yards. Chicago took a 20-10 lead before Minnesota rallied for the win.
McCown has totaled 300-plus passing yards and two touchdowns in two straight games. The Bears are back in action Week 14 vs. Dallas. McCown will continue to start as long as Jay Cutler is sidelined by an ankle injury.
With how poorly the Vikings have played this season, it's possible McCown has another productive performance Sunday. Quarterbacks are averaging 23.8 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is the second-highest average. Quarterbacks are also averaging 295.5 passing yards per game and have totaled 23 passing touchdowns to eight interceptions. Eight quarterbacks have thrown for multiple touchdowns against Minensota.
McCown has played pretty well in the absence of Jay Cutler. He's 2-1 as a starter this season, and he's completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,106 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception in five games. He's averaging 280 passing yards in his three starts and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in two starts.
McCown might not be a typical name you see near the top of the Fantasy quarterback rankings, but given his play and the favorable matchup, this is a good week to start the veteran quarterback.
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