Cutler takes back job and Bears' reins
CLEVELAND — Jay Cutler shook off two first-half interceptions and threw for three touchdowns in his first start since Nov. 10, leading the Bears.
Cutler, who had missed four games with a sprained left ankle, threw a 4-yard score to Earl Bennett as Chicago rallied to take the NFC North lead, at least temporarily, with Detroit playing tonight.
Cutler threw for 265 yards and validated first-year coach Marc Trestman's decision to stick with him over Josh McCown, who had played well while filling in.
"The guys rallied around me," Cutler said. "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."
Trestman had promised Cutler would keep his job once he was healthy. "They played hard for him, and they had his back," Trestman said.