Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 21, 2013

Josh McCown posts solid numbers as Cutler's replacement in Bears' loss

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.