Answering your prayers more than Alshon Jeffery, it’s the Chicago Bears week 15 free agent stock watch:
Zack Bowman / Tim Jennings
The Bears’ cornerback duo did a solid job of limiting the Browns’ Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in the passing game. Gordon finished with 67 yards and a touchdown (43 of which came on a Chris Conte blunder in garbage time) while Cameron turned in a measley 23 yards on just three catches. Bowman also nabbed two interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown. The Bears won’t have the luxury of facing Jason Campbell every week, but Bowman and Jennings will need to continue to help force turnovers for an otherwise struggling Bears defense.
Somehow, some way Jay Cutler pulled off the victory on Sunday, despite several horrible throws and two interceptions — one of which was returned for a touchdown. Down the stretch, however, Cutler made some clutch throws and got plenty of help from Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte along the way. Most importantly, Cutler threw for three touchdowns — including two in the fourth quarter that helped give the Bears the lead for good. If the Bears can continue to win with Cutler at the helm and make the playoffs, he may be staying in Chicago for good whether fans like it or not.
As Boomer pointed out in his Report Card, Hester continues to make a great case for his re-signing this offseason. The “Windy City Flier” averaged 35 yards on his kick returns Sunday and had one punt return for 21 yards. He’s minimized his mistakes in the past few weeks and gained positive yardage when the Bears have needed it most. There will be several capable return men hitting the free agent market, but Hester is making a great case to remain in Chicago.