Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears have not exactly been winning a ton of games lately, but don’t blame it on their quarterback situation. Yes Jay Cutler is injured but the Bears have been okay there thanks to backup Josh McCown . In fact, the Bears erred big-time by starting Cutler against the Lions a couple weeks ago. Had they played McCown instead they might very well have pulled out the win.
The Bears won’t get a chance to make the same mistake this weekend against the Vikings, because Cutler has been ruled out. This might not be great news for the Vikings considering the way McCown has been playing.
Not very many current Viking players probably even realize the significance of Josh McCown suiting up against the Purple. They likely don’t know about the game late in 2003 against the Cardinals. McCown-to-Poole. One of the most infamous moments in Vikings history. And the moment that cemented Paul Allen as a homer announcer for all times.
Lots has transpired for McCown in the years since that touchdown pass to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs, including a brief retirement. Now McCown is on a great run, one he hopes to continue at the Vikings’ expense.
But quarterback won’t be the main concern for the Bears this weekend. That defense is the thing they’re really most worried about in Chicago. The Bears have been giving up yardage at a frightening rate, especially on the ground. This bodes well for the two-headed running back combo of Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
Or just Adrian Peterson. You know how those things go.