By Cain Cawthon
Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears has done it again, beating the Dallas Cowboys 45-28. The backup quarterback accounted for five touchdowns.
Yep – the bone chilling conditions did not stop McCown and the skilled Bears team.
It was one they desperately needed after consecutive losses, and although Detroit holds the head-to-head sweep, the Bears are back in the thick of the playoff race.
“All we could do is try to beat the Dallas Cowboys,” said Coach Marc Trestman. “We kept it as simple as that. We didn’t get into all the hypotheticals and all the things that go into winning or losing a game.”
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Alshon Jeffery’s leaping catch between two defenders in the corner of the end zone in the closing seconds of the second quarter gave the Bears a 24-14 lead, and they continued to pour it on in the second half after a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Minnesota last week.
Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 100 yards, and Jeffery added 84 yards receiving after breaking his own team record the previous week with 249.
Matt Forte chipped in with 102 yards rushing and 73 receiving, and the Bears racked up 490 yards in all.
“Basically, we will have to make some adjustments in what we are doing defensively,” Jones said. “What that usually means is taking more risks on defense. But if you’re going to have the kind of match like we had tonight or certainly in New Orleans you have to take some risks. We have to double up and I’m sure that will be part of the plan on defense; more risks.”
Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns but completed just 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards for Dallas. DeMarco Murray ran for 146 yards against the league’s worst run defense, but the Cowboys were overmatched after winning two straight.
They also lost linebacker Sean Lee to another injury — this time a neck issue after making a tackle in the third quarter. He missed the previous two games with a hamstring problem.
“Certainly, it was a disappointing loss and the loss stings,” said Coach Jason Garrett. “The worst thing we can do is have a hangover after this loss.”
Meanwhile, the Bears were in the zone, enjoying a scoreboard cushion that absorbed DeMarco Murray’s 146 rushing yards on 18 carries. He surpassed 100 yards on his first carry of the second half, as the Bears tied the NFL record of allowing a 100-yard rusher in six consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
But like the bitter cold during an uplifting victory, that ultimately didn’t matter.
“We needed this, especially the way our division was looking,” Bushrod said. “We needed to win, and we’ve just got to carry it over.”