The night began with temperatures just above 10 and a sideline-to-sideline wind that made it feel well below zero. That was the good news.
The Chicago Bears’ first drive told the whole story. They would be able to move the ball through the air at will, and Dallas would do nothing to stand in their way. The Dallas offense had success early-on too, but the Chicago defense was at least trying to play. The Dallas defense on the other hand had no interest in trying – that was glaringly apparent as Chicago scored their first TD while 4 Dallas defenders stood flat-footed watching it happen.
Drive after drive Chicago charged up-field without the use of their punter. Even when Chicago did commit an error and throw it directly to a Dallas defender, the defenders failed to take advantage and intercept the ball (More on this issue tomorrow).
McCown played strong all game compiling 348 yards and 4 TDs. He wasn’t great as he had a few errant throws that could have been disastrous. Lucky for him he was playing the Dallas Cowboys and their worst defense in the NFL. Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 140 yards rushing, and Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery logged stat lines of 6/100 yrds and 5/84 yrds respectively.
The Dallas offense was dominating with the run game but once it became obvious the defense would not be stopping anyone, the offense was forced into catch-up mode. DeMarco Murray had 146 yards rushing averaging 8.1 ypc. Dez only had 12 yards receiving, Witten had a TD catch and also a crucial drop at a potentially game-changing time early in the game. Miles Austin has lowered the bar so far it would take a limbo champion to make it under. Cole Beasley made some nice plays in his limited action but it was simply too little too late.
Final Score: Chicago 45 Dallas 28