With a bye week and extra prep time for Monday night’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers, QB Josh McCown has exhibited confidence in the locker room and on the practice field, and expects to fill in for Cutler with little to no drop-off in production. McCown is a little more willing than Cutler to take off and scramble for yardage when things break down, and his athleticism is very similar to that of the starter. Count on McCown scrambling some against the Packers, but he’ll also try to lean on Brandon Marshall early because his involvement is crucial to success for Chicago.
The extra preparation should make for an eye-opening performance from McCown. Having been a part of the offense from the time Marc Trestman laid the foundation, McCown is just as much of a master of the offense as Cutler. Look for an efficient performance from McCown, where his passer rating is somewhere in the high 80s to 90s with limited turnovers.
The Packer defense has been playing well even without LB Clay Matthews, but McCown has the tools to post a nice fantasy line. The Bears have a quality group of receivers and their struggling defense may force the offense to throw more than usual.