NFL INSIDER: Bears' best chance may be with McCown

2013-11-21T20:30:00Z 2013-12-01T02:53:06Z NFL INSIDER: Bears' best chance may be with McCownMatt Erickson NFL Insider
November 21, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES | You think the Bears could get a do-over from three weeks ago against Washington?

You remember what happened, certainly. The Bears kept Jay Cutler in for far too long. And yeah, a few calls definitely didn't go their way, but one has to wonder if going to Josh McCown in the second half would've made a difference between a win and a loss.

I bring this up, because he'll get the start this week for a banged-up Cutty, and I'm reminded that in his time behind center, McCown has thrown five TDs and nary a pick.

Cutler at 100 percent is one thing, but it's starting to seem like even a fraction less than that is a liability. And at this point in the season – despite being tied with the Lions for the NFC North lead, they're effectively a game back after going 0-2 to Detroit – it's a liability they can't afford. With four road games in their next five, every week is a must-win.

Despite being slight road underdogs, the Bears, with McCown, should win and keep pace with the Lions, who get a cushy home matchup against the Bucs.

BEARS (6-4) +1 (45.5) at St. Louis (4-6)

MattE's pick: Bears 27, Rams 20

Minnesota (2-8) +4.5 (44) at Green Bay (5-5)

MattE's pick: Packers 23, Vikings 17

Tampa Bay (2-8) +9 (49) at Detroit (6-4)

MattE's pick: Lions 37, Bucs 17

Jacksonville (1-9) +10 (43.5) at Houston (2-8)

MattE's pick: Texans 26, Jaguars 20

San Diego (4-6) +5 (41.5) at Kansas City (9-1)

MattE's pick: Chiefs 24, Chargers 20

Carolina (7-3) -4 (41) at Miami (5-5)

MattE's pick: Panthers 27, Dolphins 17

Pittsburgh (4-6) -1.5 (40) at Cleveland (4-6)

MattE's pick: Steelers 26, Browns 20

COLTS (7-3) +2.5 (44.5) at Arizona (6-4)

MattE's pick: Colts 27, Cardinals 23

N.Y. Jets (5-5) +3.5 (39.5) at Baltimore (4-6)

MattE's pick: Ravens 23, Jets 17

Tennessee (4-6) -1 (41.5) at Oakland (4-6)

MattE's pick: Raiders 27, Titans 23

Dallas (5-5) +2.5 (45.5) at N.Y. Giants (4-6)

MattE's pick: Cowboys 31, Giants 27

Denver (9-1) -2.5 (53.5) at New England (7-3)

MattE's pick: Broncos 34, Patriots 27

San Francisco (6-4) -6 (47) at Washington (3-7)

MattE's pick: 49ers 27, Redskins 17

Last week: 10-5 straight up, 5-7-3 against the spread. Season: 102-60 (.627) straight up, 78-77-7 (.503) against the spread.

Matt Erickson is an award-winning journalist whose NFL picks have appeared in The Times for 12 seasons. He covers mixed martial arts for The Times and is assistant MMA editor for USA Today and

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