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For Bears' Cutler, McCown was steadying for last season

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) congratulates Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after their NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) congratulates Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after their NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Chicago. The Bears won 21-13. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) reacts to wide receiver Mike Evans's touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) reacts to wide receiver Mike Evans's touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

When Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler needed a steadying force last season, his backup had his back.

He had that synergy, that connection, with Josh McCown.

They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday when the Bears host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a matchup between two struggling teams.

While much of the focus has been on Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith returning to Soldier Field, there will also be a reunion of sorts between the starting quarterbacks.

Cutler says McCown is "probably good for a lot of people." The two helped the Bears set the franchise record for yards and finish second in team history in scoring last season.

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