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McCown had best career game versus Cutler

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

I read that Josh McCown's passer rating against the Redskins was the second best of his career. When was his best performance?

Peter S.
Akron, Ohio

The only time that Josh McCown recorded a higher passer rating than the 119.6 he posted against the Redskins was on Dec. 2, 2007 when he put up a 125.2 while leading the Raiders to a 34-20 win over the Broncos. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 141 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Interestingly, the quarterback McCown opposed in that game was Jay Cutler, who completed 16 of 32 passes for 214 yards with no TDs, two interceptions and a 45.6 passer rating.

I don't recall the Bears having much success against the Packers since Mike Ditka left the team. How has each coach fared since that point?

Manny K.

Mike Ditka went 15-5 against the Packers, but then Brett Favre arrived in Green Bay via a trade with the Falcons and dominated the Bears. Dave Wannstedt went 1-11 against the Packers, while Dick Jauron wasn't much better at 2-8. Lovie Smith was 7-3 versus Green Bay in his first five seasons but lost eight of nine in his final four years to finish 8-11. You could make an argument that Wannstedt, Jauron and Smith all lost their jobs in part because of their failure to beat the Packers. Here's hoping that Marc Trestman reverses that trend starting Monday night.

Chris Conte has really struggled this season, especially against the Redskins. Do you think the Bears will make a move and replace him in the starting lineup?

Andrew T.
Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Coach Marc Trestman said earlier this week that no changes will made to the starting lineup at safety, which means that Chris Conte and Major Wright will remain with the No. 1 unit. The only other safeties on the roster are Craig Steltz and Anthony Walters.

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