Week 11 Bears Grades: Quarterback

Week 11 Bears Grades: Quarterback
November 17, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Josh McCown won his third game as a Bears starting quarterback and did it under some of the most extreme conditions. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 216 yards in high winds and against a strong pass rush, throwing for one touchdown and concluding with a 92.9 passer rating.

As important as any stat, McCown ran his record to 101 passes thrown this year without an interception and losing no fumbles. He outplayed the more celebrated Joe Flacco and provided another strong performance when the Bears were teetering in their season.

“We were concerned because (the Ravens) were probably as good (defensively) as we’ve faced,” McCown said. “For me, add the elements to it; there was a heightened sense of ball security. Marc (Trestman) and I talked about that before the game, wanting to get out of this thing on the plus side of it on turnovers. We were able to do that, and we were able to protect the ball.”

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McCown started sluggishly, mirroring the offense in general, completing just two of six passes in the first quarter. His throws in the goal-to-go situations in the second quarter were ineffective, and his 10-for-20 passing and 84 yards through three quarters missed some opportunities.

“We got stopped short in the red zone a couple of times, and that’s not something were very comfortable about,” Trestman said. “We go to work and get better at that next time around.”

Moon's Grade: A-