NFC North Roundup for NFL Week 11

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Chicago Bears

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is defended by Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Despite (or perhaps because of) the injury to Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears just won’t go away.

A 23-20 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens puts the Bears right in the thick of the NFC North race, tying the Lions with a 6-4 record. They technically still trail the Lions on account of losing the season series against them, but as long as they keep riding McCown’s hot hand, they can’t be counted out.

The Bears win when they can control the flow of play and score on defense, and they were able to do both against Baltimore. The question is whether they can continue winning with turnover margin alone, because they’re not dominant on either offense or defense.

But hey, it’s worked for them six times this year already, and McCown is now 2-0 as starter, so why not a few more? That is, provided he survives the St. Louis Rams’ vicious pass rush next weekend.

Next Game: 11/24 at St. Louis (5-3)