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Brian Hoyer battling to remain Bears' starting QB

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As the Bears prepare to take on the Colts this afternoon, injured quarterback Jay Cutler's job hangs in the balance.

That's the word from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said on NFL GameDay Morning that backup Brian Hoyer has the opportunity to take charge of the starting job Sunday against a shoddy Indianapolis defense.

"I'm told that this is Brian Hoyer's job to win today," Rapoport said.

The Bears are 1-1 over Hoyer's last two starts; games in which Hoyer has been fairly consistent. In matchups against Dallas and Detroit, Hoyer threw for a combined 619 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He averaged a 105 quarterback rating.

We've seen this remarkably efficient version of Hoyer in the past, most recently during Cleveland's brief sprint into first place during former coach Mike Pettine's first season there in 2014. Back then, Hoyer had a five-game stretch where he threw seven touchdowns and just one interception, completing 60 percent of his passes.

As Rapoport noted, the current Bears regime tried to trade Cutler in the past and has no real ties to the quarterback. Hoyer was someone brought in by coach John Fox, and could end up being the preferred option for Chicago if the team keeps winning.

Though the Bears are expecting a hungry if broken one-win Indianapolis team, it's also facing off against a club just one week removed from their London game. There has been little time for Indianapolis to fix the myriad of issues they have across both sides of the ball and could be the perfect opponent for a quarterback looking to keep his gig for another week.

Obviously, this offseason is about Chicago finding its quarterback of the future. But with a win Sunday, the Bears could at least get a handle on their quarterback of the present.

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