Coming off of their win against their overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chicago Bears have already announced that they will be without quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs next week when the team travels on the road to play the St. Louis Rams. Both players were unavailable last week and the Bears will keep trying to fight for a playoff spot without them this week.
The good news for the Bears is the play of Josh McCown has been effective and as with this past week, they have been not only competitive but able to win. The schedule for the returns of Cutler and Briggs are unclear, but the Bears have a relatively forgiving two weeks against the Rams and Minnesota Vikings. Both games are on the road, but they are against teams with a backup quarterback or just a mess under center in the case of the Vikings.
The uncertainty for Cutler comes at a bad time as his future in Chicago is up in the air at this point. The fact that McCown is able to play well enough makes it so Cutler can get fully healthy, but he is certainly going to want to be able to get out there and help the Bears get to the playoffs as well as make an argument on why he should be signed there long term.