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Josh McCown is the NFC offensive player of the week

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Bears quarterback Josh McCown was responsible for five touchdowns on Monday night, which was good enough for both a victory over the Cowboys and the NFC’s offensive player of the week honor.

The NFL announced McCown’s prize on Wednesday, two days after his sparkling play led the Bears to a 45-28 win that was crucial for their hopes of making it to the playoffs this season. Other than their final possession when they took a knee to run out the clock, the Bears scored every time they had the ball on Monday.

McCown completed 27-of-36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown and is the first Bears quarterback ever to have a hand in five touchdowns in a single game without throwing an interception.

McCown has played very well since Jay Cutler was knocked out of the lineup with a sprained ankle, completing 70 percent of his passes while throwing nine touchdowns and one interception. It’s been a remarkable run for a 34-year-old journeyman quarterback who has never stopped referring to himself as Cutler’s backup while lighting up opposing defenses and the player of the week mention is a well deserved one.

Coach Marc Trestman said this week that Cutler will play once he’s cleared to return, but that hasn’t happened yet and McCown is continuing to ensure that there’s  no need to rush unless Cutler’s return is going to somehow help a defense that cannot stop the run.

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24 Responses to “Josh McCown is the NFC offensive player of the week”
  1. Aqua Teen Hunger Force says: Dec 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    He gutted the helpless Cowboys and may just make Cutler expendable.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    Way better QB than Jay Cutler…

  3. mdpickles says: Dec 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    That Dallas d stinks, should’ve been Shady.

  4. jsharris54 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    Solid player on a well-coaches offense running a great system with plenty of weapons and an improved offensive line? That’ll happen. A lot of QBs would produce in Chicago right now, not to mention Dallas’ sieve defense. Cutler is almost certainly getting tagged this offseason and returning.

  5. jazsrt says: Dec 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    Imagine if Lovie was still in Chicago….the Bears would be fighting with the Vikings for last place in the division.

    I like McCown alot, but I think this is what a backup QB is supposed to do-go in and manage a game. I think Trestman deserves a ton of credit for getting him up to speed, and developing game plans that play to his strengths.

    (Having three monster offensive players helps too, though.)

  6. vdogg says: Dec 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    He’s been nothing but a class act this whole time as the media tries to keep creating a QB controversy.

  7. fetchezlavache says: Dec 11, 2013 10:50 AM

    Should have been Shady. Over 200 yards in eight inches of snow. The gear he wore from that game is being sent to the Hall of Fame. Years from now they will replay the highlights of that game as part of the lore of the toughness of the NFL. McCown’s efforts, while commendable, will be long forgotten.

  8. myasylum11 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:52 AM

    Well Jay… It’s been fun, but I believe the writing is on the wall.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 11, 2013 11:00 AM

    Not bad for an ex-Lion. I wish we had a QB that could torch an opponent.

  10. uglyglazers says: Dec 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    (Way better QB than Jay Cutler…)

    Cutler may be the best Bears QB ever. Name one better. Go….

  11. redmosquito16 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    Hello, LeSean McCoy? He rushed 217 yards in absolutely horrendous conditions against a solid defense with Fairley and Suh on the interior line. Not taking anything away from McCown, but QBs throwing for 340-350 yards is pretty common, especially nowadays. I give him a ton of credit for accounting for 5 touchdowns, though. Which is what I guess made him the selection over McCoy.

  12. stercuilus65 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    McCown was great but Lesean McCoy’s rushing for over 200 yards in 8 inches of snow was a performance for the ages.

  13. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    uglyglazers says:
    Dec 11, 2013 11:02 AM
    (Way better QB than Jay Cutler…)

    Cutler may be the best Bears QB ever. Name one better. Go….
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    Ya, in a Jeff George kinda way. SMH.

  14. eaglesfanalways says: Dec 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    Shady McCoy runs for 217 years in the snow against the #3 ranked run defense, and they give it to McCown??? Dude has been around 100 years…he clearly isn’t the future of the Bears!

  15. tmatic74 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    Shady was robbed but hopefully this just fuels his fire. I watched his TD runs in super slow motion and he was like a machine the way he processed his next move. The League made him drop he was so good.

  16. abunner74 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:59 AM

    This is just the NFL creating more drama in the Chicago bears QB situation. Great night for sure but Dallas put up zero fight and you are telling me that no one else had a big day in the NFC?

    NFL being drama queen/attention wh0res yet again.

  17. deweyaxewound says: Dec 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    The big difference is – everyone EXPECTS McCoy to play like that.

    I get that running like that in the snow is a pretty remarkable perfromance (although defenders are clearly at a disadvantage), but I’d also say playing as a back-up QB in -9 degree weather is adversity in its own right!
    (and throwing for 350 and 4tds and running for another, in that -9 degree weather? Have you ever tried playing pigskin toss in that kind of cold?)

    Look, if we time warped back to August or September, and I told you the Josh McCown story, you’d tell me I was barking mad loony batcrap crazy!

    Josh has earned whatever accolades he gets – give it to the man.

  18. ptownbearsfan420 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:06 PM

    Nice to see Josh get some love. Hopefully he’s the future. Doubt it. But, hopefully… Lol

  19. wjarvis says: Dec 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    The main reason I think McCown won over McCoy was because the Bears scored on every drive, while McCoy had a decent but average game until he had three big runs for a fantastic 4th quarter.

    1st quarter – 3 rushes for 6 yards
    2nd quarter – 10 rushes for 45 yards
    3rd quarter -5 rushes for 18 yards, 1 catch for 4 yards
    4th quarter – 11 rushes for 148 yards, 2 TDS, with rushes of 40, 57 and 26 yards

  20. fetchezlavache says: Dec 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    deweyaxewound says: Dec 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    The big difference is – everyone EXPECTS McCoy to play like that.

    I get that running like that in the snow is a pretty remarkable perfromance (although defenders are clearly at a disadvantage), but I’d also say playing as a back-up QB in -9 degree weather is adversity in its own right!
    (and throwing for 350 and 4tds and running for another, in that -9 degree weather? Have you ever tried playing pigskin toss in that kind of cold?)
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    It would be unrealistic to expect McCoy, or any running back, to put up those numbers in those conditions. And if McCoy had such an advantage over the defenders, why didn’t Bell put up similar numbers if the Eagles defense was also at a disadvantage?

    As for weather conditions, a blizzard beats -9 wind chill any day. McNabb threw for 180 in the NFC Championship against the Falcons with negative wind chill temps. And that was against a much better overall team than the current Cowboys.

    No one has put up Shady’s numbers in that kind of snow. That’s why the HOF asked for his equipment (not just his jersey).

    And if you are grading McCown on a curve because no one would expect such a performance, then you also got to grade him on the curve that he was playing against the WORST pass defense in the league while Shady was going against one of the BEST run defenses.

    I get it that McCown had a great game. But as I said before, no one will remember his performance in a couple of years. Shady’s game will rank as one of the best single game performances ever because of the conditions were once-in-a-lifetime.

  21. fetchezlavache says: Dec 11, 2013 12:47 PM

    wjarvis says: Dec 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    The main reason I think McCown won over McCoy was because the Bears scored on every drive, while McCoy had a decent but average game until he had three big runs for a fantastic 4th quarter.
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    The reason McCown / Bears scored on every drive is because the Dallas defense currently sucks. Worst in YPG. 25th in PPG. As an example, Jeffery’s TD at the end of Q2 in the corner was great work by him but pathetic coverage by the Cowboys’ DB. He wasn’t even close to the receiver.

    The reason Shady didn’t put up better numbers is because the Eagles and Lions had never played in such conditions and were trying to figure out what would work. Once the Eagles concentrated on downhill football between the tackles Shady got rolling.

  22. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Dec 11, 2013 1:32 PM

    by making this call, the selection panel indicates that there is no consideration of “degree of difficulty”

    pasting the cowboy defense is like skiing down the bunny slope.

    running it down the throat of the detroit lions front four for over 200 yards in 8 inches of snow is just a bit more of an accomplishment.

  23. vincentbojackson says: Dec 11, 2013 8:09 PM

    Redskins to McCown, “Here’s your NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Now go take a seat over there on the bench.”

    The Bears should ride the hot hand, McCown has been on fire since taking over. It would be easy to have the team doctors keep Cutler out another week or two for “precautionary measures” while they see if McCown can keep it going.

  24. larryboodry says: Dec 11, 2013 8:35 PM

    I’m a Bears fan, but McCoy’s feat sounds more deserving.

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