Bears make a statement in Dallas, throttle Cowboys 34-18

Bears make a statement in Dallas, throttle Cowboys 34-18
Brian-Cassella, Chicago Tribune

I’d be lying if I said I didn't have somewhat of a precognitive feeling that the Bears’ offense was going to out-play the Cowboys’ unit on Monday Night Football. While I expected the Chicago defense to play well, I didn’t really expect pure ridiculousness. Here are just a few defensive stats on the year:

  • The Bears’ defense has 11 interceptions—14 total take-aways—on the season. That leads the NFL by a country mile.
  • Interceptions on the night: D.J. Moore (1), Lance Briggs (1), Charles Tillman (1), Major Wright (2). Forced fumbles: Lance Briggs (1).
  • Prior to coaches’ film review, free safety Chris Conte came away with 11 tackles. D.J. Moore had 10.

On offense, Jay Cutler didn’t throw a pick—he did turn the ball over once on a fumble—while playing a very stout Dallas defense, and he played with poise and confidence. Cutler spread the ball around to Forte, Bush, Hester, Davis, Jeffery and Marshall at the right times. Here are a few offensive stats for Chicago:

  • Cutler finished the night 18 of 24 (75%) for 275 yards, 2 TDs & 0 INTs—a 140.1 passer rating.
  • Brandon Marshall finished with 7 receptions for 138 yards & 1 TD.
  • Kellen Davis (62 yards), Hester (38 yards), Jeffery (32 yards), Forte (52 yards rushing), Bush (29 yards rushing).
  • Jay Cutler is now 5 of 6 on MNF.

On special teams, Robbie Gould notched two field goals and four extra points for 10 total points. Punter Adam Podlesh “out-kicked” Brian Moorman with three punts (2 inside the 20) for 120 yards (40-yard AVG).

Jay Cutler's teams are now 25-0 when he has a 100+ passer efficiency rating.

I won’t go into the implications of this win just yet; I’ll save that for tomorrow’s posts and later in the week. I will, however, send you off with a few other notes I took during the game:

  • Devin Hester made a sick move down field and came away with a 34-yard TD.
  • Matt Forte had 13 carries for 52 yards (4-yard average)—a 14-yard long.
  • Talk about a complete defense: on one play, Henry Melton had a forced fumble, Jennings made a key block and Lance Briggs had the pick-6.
  • Brian Urlacher looked slow. Good thing the rest of the unit is stepping up . . .
  • Jennings and Wright—the dynamic duo. Through two games now these guys combined for a pass deflection and interception. Nice.
  • The Bears’ offensive line played well all things considered. It’s important to make note that LB Anthony Spencer was out for the Cowboys, making things easier on RT Gabe Carimi, who’s been struggling as of late. But, against DeMarcus Ware (only 1 sack, 2 yards), they (J’Marcus Webb) looked to have played well.
  • Lovie Smith is now 8-2 on Monday Night Football.

The Bears now go on the road to face the 1-3 Jacksonville Jaguars before their bye week, and then the 1-3 Detroit Lions at home in Week-7. Bear Down!

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