How 'bout them Bears? The Bears floored the Cowboys in a 34-18 rout in which the Bears defense picked off Tony Romo five times and had two scores while Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall hooked up 7 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Bears looked solid on both sides of the ball and were the team we all thought they would be when the season began. The Bears put on a show on national television and took the focus off of the much discussed Dallas Cowboys and put it on themselves. It was a perfect night for the Bears offense to get back on track and on track it did.
Jay Cutler was sensational going 18/24 for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, a 140.1 quarterback rating and an average of 11.5 yards per pass. Cutler spread the ball around to six different receivers with Marshall being his prime and most reliable target. Marshall showed the athleticism and big play ability that the Bears brought him in for. Marshall absolutely dominated the Cowboys secondary and the Bears were smart to move him around the field whether it was in the slot or down field. Devin Hester, who earlier in the week complained about his role in the offense, caught a gorgeous 34 yard pass from Cutler in the second quarter to give the Bears a two score lead. The running game was decent but ran into a scare on the first run of the game when Matt Forte hobbled off the field apparently aggravating his high ankle sprain. Luckily, Forte returned and had 52 yards on 13 carries and a 4 yard per carry average. Michael Bush and Khalil Bell also split carries as the game was in the Bears control.
But the game belonged to the defense after another dominant outing. The Bears defense picked off Tony Romo five times, two of which were returned for scores by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs (pictured above). Major Wright had two interceptions and D.J. Moore got in on the fun with a late interception in the fourth quarter that sealed the Bears victory. Despite only one sack by Henry Melton the Bears harassed the Dallas offense. The Bears shut down the Cowboys running game with a grand total of 41 total yards and left the Cowboys with only the passing game as an option. Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten was the lone bright spot for the 'Boys by catching 13 balls for 112 yards and a garbage time touchdown.
The win moves the Bears to 3-1 and a first place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North standings. The Bears have a short week to prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) as they will travel to the Sunshine State for a late afternoon Sunday contest. It is a game the Bears should win handily but the Bears don't want to overlook the Jags with their bye week looming afterwards. Look for the Bears to use the momentum from Monday night and take it into EverBank Field against the lowly Jaguars.
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