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 nwitimes.com
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 MMAjunkie.com.

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