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McCown delivers, Bears tie Packers, Lions for first place in NFC North

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown throws past Green Bay Packers' Datone Jones during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown throws past Green Bay Packers' Datone Jones during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates one of his touchdown catches with teammates Alshon Jeffery (17) and Josh McCown (12) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates one of his touchdown catches with teammates Alshon Jeffery (17) and Josh McCown (12) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) talks to Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) talks to Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)  (The Associated Press)

Dump Jay Cutler, go with Josh McCown?

The Chicago Bears probably aren't ready to take that leap just yet.

Still, they have to be feeling good about their backup quarterback and about their chances.

A win at Green Bay on Monday night after dropping three of four vaulted them into a tie for the NFC North lead with the Packers and Detroit, and they can really assert themselves with a victory over the Lions at Soldier Field this Sunday.

McCown did not necessarily put up eye-popping numbers, going 22 for 41 with 272 yards, but he gave the Bears (5-3) exactly what they needed with Cutler nursing a groin injury.