Jay Cutler, who reclaimed the starting quarterback job from Josh McCown, overcame two early interceptions and threw three touchdown passes Sunday to rally the Chicago Bears to a 38-31 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler was 22-for-31 for 265 yards, three TDs, two interceptions and a passer rating of 102.2.

"I started off rusty," Cutler said. "Had some throws that were high. The guys rallied around me, they played really well, made some big-time catches, the offensive line played great. So it was good to get back out there, a really good team win."

Asked if he felt more pressure than usual given the controversy over the benching of McCown, Cutler said, "Yeah, I'd be lying if I didn't say there was, with everything on the outside and as well as Josh has played.

"But this was the plan all along. No one really flinched in our building, everyone kind of stuck to it. Josh was super-supportive. ... (The guys) rallied behind me when we started off a little bit slow. It was fun getting back out there with them. I'm looking forward to moving on from this week."

Coach Marc Trestman said he never wavered from his decision to start Cutler and admired his quarterback's poise in dealing with it.

"He had to handle a lot this week, probably more than at any time in his career," Trestman said of Cutler. "His teammates had his back the whole time. You have to be mentally tough to do what he did today, very mentally tough. Not only to get through the week, but to get through a game in harsh conditions, and throwing two picks in the first half -- it says a lot about the man."

The win boosted the Bears' record to 8-6 and moved them temporarily ahead of the Detroit Lions (7-6), who host Baltimore on Monday night, in the NFC North.

"Really a very satisfying win," Trestman said. "There was a lot of noise around our team this week, and they hung together.

"We played well enough today to put ourselves in position to compete for the division. But we have to play better to win it."

Michael Bush put the icing on the cake with a 40-yard touchdown run that boosted the Bears' lead to 38-24 with 2:17 left.

Bush carried three times for 44 yards. Matt Forte rushed 24 times for 127 yards.

Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey caught five passes for 72 yards and a TD and Earl Bennett caught one pass for a 4-yard TD. Tight end Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 71 yards.

Cutler found Earl Bennett in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bears a 31-24 lead with 5:41 left in regulation. The drive covered 36 yards on six plays after a 21-yard punt return by Devin Hester gave them excellent field position.

Cutler, who cut in line in front of Josh McCown for the starting assignment, was having an up-and-down day through three quarters. But Alshon Jeffery's acrobatic grab of an underthrown, 45-yard Culter pass gave the Bears a game-tying touchdown at the 10:59 mark of the fourth quarter, making the score 24-all.