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November 5, 2013

With Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers 27-20

Josh McCown leads Chicago over Green Bay

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Green Bay has been hit hard by injuries, with James Jones (knee) returning Monday night after a two-game absence and sackmaster Clay Matthews (thumb) and tight end Jermichael Finley still out. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) is also on the injured list-designated to return, and offensive lineman T.J. Lang (concussion) and linebacker Andy Mulumba (ankle) left the game. 
But there are injuries and then there are INJURIES, and a hurt Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s ultimate nightmare. 
With the 2011 NFL MVP almost as durable as predecessor Brett Favre — he hasn’t missed a game due to injury since Dec. 19, 2010 — the backup quarterback has been little more than an afterthought in Green Bay. 
“Aaron’s a huge part of our offense,” McCarthy said. “This is a thing that’s been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don’t think it’s realistic to put anyone in there and expect him to perform (like Rodgers).”
But as the Bears know all too well, insurance policies are worth every penny when you need them. 
After a series of forgettable backups under Lovie Smith — Caleb Hanie or Jonathan Quinn, anyone? — the Bears signed McCown when Cutler was hurt two years ago. He played well enough then to stick around, and his familiarity with his receivers and coach Marc Trestman’s system was evident. McCown may not have been dazzling, going 22 for 41 for 272 yards. But he mixed his passes effectively to Marshall, Jeffery and Forte, and Forte ran roughshod on the Green Bay defense — scoring one touchdown. 
Better yet, McCown didn’t do anything to hurt the Bears, which is more than Wallace can say. 
Wallace hadn’t played a game since the 2011 season finale, and the rust was evident. He was intercepted on his very first series by Julius Peppers and was sacked twice, once by Peppers and once by McClellin. The Packers had a second-and-goal from the Bears 5 late in the third quarter and were forced to settle for Mason Crosby’s 23-yard field goal after Wallace overthrew James Jones and Andrew Quarless. Green Bay would get no further than the Bears 39 the rest of the game. 
Wallace finished 11 of 19 for 114 yards. 
“Seneca, he needs to perform better and he’ll definitely do that with a week of practice,” McCarthy said. 
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
 

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