Bears move to 8-6 for the season following latest win.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler shook off some early rust to lead his side to a vital 38-31 win over the Cleveland Browns to boost their play-off hopes.
Cutler had missed Chicago’s previous four games due to a sprained left ankle, but after throwing two interceptions in the first half, he bounced back well with three touchdown passes.
The pressure was undoubtedly on the quarterback ahead of his return, with back-up option Josh McCown in great form and experts calling for him to remain in the starting line-up with some suggestions that the locker room was divided by the decision.
Nevertheless, Cutler finished 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards and repaid the faith shown in him by coach Marc Trestman who insisted throughout his recovery that he would be reinstated in the team, with the win now boosting the franchise’s hopes of making the playoffs.
“The guys rallied around me,” Cutler said, as reported by ESPN.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was (pressure) with everything on the outside and as well as Josh has played. But this was the plan all along and no one really flinched in our building.”
The Bears move to the top of the NFC North temporarily, with the Detroit Lions set to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
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