Posted: 11:38 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
By Mark Sandritter
The Bears didn't miss Jay Cutler on Monday with Josh McCown leading Chicago to a crucial win against Dallas.
If the Bears are always going to play this well in cold weather, Chicago fans may hope for a historically cold winter. Led by a prolific offensive attack, Chicago blew out Dallas 45-28 on Monday Night Football.
Despite the windchill dropping temperatures into negative figures, Josh McCown and the Bears offense didn't have any issue going up and down the field. Chicago scored on its first eight possessions, including touchdowns on the first two. Dallas was initially able to hang with Chicago and the game was tied 14-14 late in the second quarter. That's when Alshon Jeffery and the Bears took over.
Chicago needed just five plays and 30 seconds to drive 60 yards just before halftime. The drive ended with Jeffery making a spectacular catch in the back corner of the endzone with just 17 seconds to play in the half. The catch would have been highlight-reel worthy in any conditions, but adding in the wind and freezing temperatures made it even more spectacular.
Chicago continued to shred the Dallas defense in the second half, building a 42-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, effectively putting the frozen game on ice. Jeffery and Brandon Marshall combined to catch 11 passes for 184 yards while McCown completed 27-of-36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. As if that weren't enough, Matt Forte finished with 102 rushing yards and the Bears averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
It was an all too familiar result for the Cowboys. Dallas began the game a half game behind the Eagles in the NFC East race, but did not look much like a playoff contender. The Cowboy defense continues to be about as effective as a turnstile with Chicago racking up 499 total yards and converting 8-of-11 third down attempts.
Dallas has hung around the edge of playoff contention the last three seasons, only to lose crucial games late in the season. If the Cowboys are going to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, they now have an uphill battle.
Bear fans who fought through the elements were rewarded with not only the blowout win, but Mike Ditka also made an appearance at halftime for the cherry on top of a big win.
Have your pick of Bears offensive players for the stud of the game. McCown, Forte, Marshall and Jeffery all had big nights. DeMarco Murray had a great game for the Cowboys, finishing with 145 yards on 18 carries.
Tony Romo threw three touchdowns, but finished the game with just 104 passing yards.
The Bears opened as a 2.5-point favorite and covered the spread by a wide margin.
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