The Chicago Bears play the Dallas Cowboys in what is the Bears most important game to date.
Throughout this game, this post will be updated with updates and thoughts from the Bears game below.
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7:36: The Bears have won the toss and have elected to defer. The Bears will go on defense first and receive the ball first in the second half. Typically, this decision hasn’t worked out well for the Bears this season especially when the defense has been the reason for the Bears misfortunes of late.
7:50: The trend continued for the Bears as their defense allowed an opening drive touchdown by the Cowboys. The Cowboys faced no resistance in driving down the field. The drive ended when Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 2-yard pass for a touchdown.
8:03: Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears offense responded on their first offensive series of the night. With a mixture of Matt Forte runs and passes to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears offense drove down the field with ease. McCown connected with wide receiver Earl Bennett for the touchdown. Bears and Cowboys tied at 7.
8:08: Many were projecting the Bears and Cowboys to be involved in a shootout tonight, and this point, both teams have lived up to those expectations. One thing to question is if McCown and the Bears offense keep pace with Romo and the Cowboys?
8:10: At the end of the first quarter, the Bears and Cowboys are tied at 7.
8:15: The Bears defense thwarted the Cowboys offensive drive to begin the second quarter with a sack of Romo on third down. The Bears were blitzing on the play, something the team has done well of late.
8:22: The Bears jumped ahead of the Cowboys on their next offensive drive. McCown continued to find holes in the Cowboys defense while mainly connecting with Marshall on the drive. The drive concluded with McCown diving into the end-zone after a 7-yard scramble. Something the quarterback may not want to do often with Jordan Palmer as his backup. Bears lead the Cowboys 14-7.
8:34: The Cowboys wasted no time in tying the game. On the offensive drive for the Cowboys, the Bears defense had no answer for Dallas running back DeMarco Murray. Murray was the main reason why the Cowboys were able to drive the ball down the field on that possession. The drive ended when Romo connected with tight end Jason Witten on a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. The Bears and Cowboys are tied at 14.
8:50:The Bears took the lead back from the Cowboys on their next offensive drive. A highlight-reel catch by Jeffery and roughing the passer penalty set the team up in the red-zone. The team was unable to convert a touchdown while in the red-zone and settled for a Robbie Gould field goal. Bears lead 17-14 over the Cowboys.
9:02: With three timeouts and less than a minute before half-time, the Bears had an opportunity to expand upon their 3-point lead. That is what the team did as Jeffery made another highlight-reel catch for a touchdown. The touchdown gave the Bears a 24-14 lead at half-time.
With the the Bears getting the ball first in the second half, that touchdown by Jeffery was crucial. In the second half, the Bears must keep the foot on the pedal and not let up. Considering the struggles the Bears have on run defense, the team can not afford to let up.
9:30: The Bears offense added more points to their total to begin the second half. While the Bears offense did stall in the red-zone, the team managed to put another field goal on the board . Bears lead 27-14.
Looking at the stat-sheet, Romo has only passed the ball 13 times in this game. Do the Cowboys offense stick with a run emphasis or open the playbook up for their franchise quarterback?
9:32: The Cowboys continued to emphasize the run on their first offensive possession of the second half. Though, the Bears defense was able to hold Dallas to a three-and-out.
Eventually the Cowboy will need to depend on Romo’s throwing ability to get the team back in this game. Something that hasn’t been there for the Cowboys yet in this game.
9:47: The Bears may have just hit the Cowboys with the dagger. After McCown had a few early miscues in the drive, the Bears offense depended on Matt Forte to drive down the field. That is what Forte did as the running back saw little resistance from the Cowboys defense before scoring the touchdown. The Bears connected on a two-point conversion that extended their lead to 35-14 over the Cowboys.
9:55: Now would be the time for the Cowboys to depend on Romo. Meaning, now would also be the time for the Bears defense to depend on their pass rush–specifically the defensive line.
After a failed fourth down attempt by the Cowboys offense, the Bears are sitting in the driver’s seat. Who will be the first Cowboys player to blow up on the sideline during the fourth quarter?
Bears lead the Cowboys 35-14 after three quarters of play.
10:01: The Bears are simply having their way against the Cowboys defense. The latest touchdown for the Bears offense came on a 17-yard screen pass from McCown to running back Michael Bush. The Bears now lead the Cowboys 42-14.
McCown is once again over 300 yards passing for the game, his third straight game, and has 4 touchdown passes on the night.
10:10: The Cowboys have scored. The Cowboys finally get on the scoreboard in the second half and stop the Bears run of 28 consecutive points. On the touchdown, Romo connected with wide receiver Cole Beasley. Cowboys still trail the Bears by 21 points.
10:21: The Bears have added another scoring drive to their night. Gould adds his third field goal of the night as the Bears now lead the Cowboys 45-21.
10:37: The game has ended and the Bears have defeated the Cowboys 45-28.
This was an impressive victory for the Bears. After all, the Bears never punted in this game. Credit McCown for another excellent game. In the game, McCown passed for 348 yards to go with 4 touchdown passes. Many will continue to claim that McCown needs to be starter over Jay Cutler, but now is not the time for that false narrative.
The Bears now are tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North division with a record of 7-6. The Lions hold the tie-breaker over the Bears. The Bears play the Cleveland Browns next Sunday while the Lions play the Baltimore Ravens a week from tonight.
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