Quarterback Marc Bulger, a former unknown third-stringer, led the Rams to their fifth straight victory, throwing 347 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-16 win over the Bears on Monday night.
The win got the defending NFC champions, who began the season with five straight losses, four under Kurt Warner, back to .500 at 5-5.
Sunday, it is Warner's job again. And Bulger, typically, was not complaining.
Even after throwing an average of almost 300 yards with 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions during his five-game run. Even though his 1,496 yards total is a record through five career starts. Even though he leads the league in passer rating.
"I'm just happy to do what I did, and we have Kurt Warner coming back to be our starting quarterback," Bulger said. "I don't think anyone in this room is disappointed about that."
Warner, who missed five games plus the bye week with a broken right pinkie, got in for his first series since Sept. 29 when Bulger left for X-rays and pain-killing injections on a sprained right index finger in the second quarter. The Rams went three and out.
"It was a little fast and I had to try to get reoriented," Warner said. "But it felt good to get back in there. It seems like it's been forever."
Bulger won't practice until at least Friday because of swelling in the finger.
Rams coach Mike Martz said last week Warner would be back as the starter Sunday at Washington, and he did not waver after the game. Martz also said running back Marshall Faulk, who did not play because of ankle and foot injuries, is questionable.
The battered Bears (2-8) have lost eight in a row. Quarterback Chris Chandler was sacked seven times for 40 yards in losses.
Chicago defensive back Todd McMillon will miss the season with a thumb injury, and offensive lineman Marc Columbo is not expected back after dislocating his kneecap.