Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
LANDOVER, MD —
Former Jacksonville Indian Jost McCown was forced into duty as quarterback of the Chicago Bears Sunday when the team's starter, Jay Cutler, went down with a groin injury in the second period of the Bears' 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
McCown came in and held up his end of the deal in going 14-of-20 through the skies for 204 yards and a touchdown.
He led Chicago (4-3) to 24 second-half points.
His touchdown toss covered seven yards and went to Martellius Bennett with 3:57 to play in the game.
McCown finished with a Quarterback Rating of 94.9, which exceeded that of highly-touted Redskins' starter Robert Griffin III (91.8).
“I was bummed,” McCown said in an interview published in the Chicago Sun-Times. “I said a prayer, grabbed my helmet, got some throws in and got ready to play.”
Chicago is idle this week and will travel to division-rival Green Bay on Monday Nov. 4.