In Week 11, the 4-5 Baltimore Ravens will look to get back to .500 as they travel to play the 5-4 Chicago Bears. The Bears will be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who is out with a high ankle sprain. Josh McCown will start in Cutler’s place. Are the Ravens better off playing against McCown rather than Cutler?
As this point in his career, Cutler is what he is. He’ll be really great or horribly awful. I’ve always considered him a slightly better version on Rex Grossman. McCown has been a career backup, but has seen considerable playing time with Cutler being banged up the past few weeks. In relief, McCown has gone 42-of-70 for 538 yards four TDs and zero INT.
Just from the eye test, the dude looks pretty spry out there. He can run around and make plays. In my honest opinion as a Ravens fan, I would rather the team play against an injured Cutler, who has the tendency to force passes he shouldn’t. The thought of an injured Cutler throwing passes against the Ravens’ secondary coming off their best game of the season would have been ideal.
McCown can’t be taken lightly — just look at what Jason Campbell did a few weeks ago. Regardless of who is throwing passes, Ravens CBs Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith will have their hands full with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey.
Of course, it won’t really matter who’s playing QB for the Bears if the sputtering Baltimore offense can’t put up any points. The Bears will be without star CB Charles Tillman, who is lost for the season with a triceps injury. Zack Bowman will start in Tillman’s place. Joe Flacco will need to take advantage, because this Chicago defense is not what it used to be.
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