Report Card: Bears-Cowboys

December, 10, 2013

Week 14 Report Card: Bears vs. Cowboys


Rushing Offense

The Bears offensive line opened up large holes for Matt Forte, who rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries (5.1 yards per attempt). Michael Bush even tasted success on the ground with 39 yards on eight rushing attempts. Quarterback Josh McCown provided the second most emotional moment of the night -- next to Mike Ditka's halftime retirement ceremony -- when the QB leapt into the end zone on a 7-yard run to fire up the troops.

Alshon Jeffery

Passing Offense

McCown lit up a terrible Cowboys' defense for 348 yards and four touchdowns for a 141. 9 quarterback rating. He got sacked only one time in 36 passing attempts. Alshon Jeffery continued his march toward the Pro Bowl with another circus catch in the back of the end zone, while Brandon Marshall bounced back with six receptions for a team-high 100 yards. Forte also contributed seven receptions out of the backfield. And tight end Martellus Bennett had five grabs for 43 yards against his old team.

DeMarco Murray

Rushing Defense

The Bears still can't stop the run. Dallas tailback DeMarco Murray ran all over the Bears defense for 145 yards on just 18 carries. Joseph Randle, the Cowboys No. 2 tailback Monday night, carried the ball nine times for 54 yards and one touchdown. On the bright side, the Cowboys failed to reach 200 total yards rushing. Dallas finished with 198.

Dez Bryant

Passing Defense

Tony Romo walked out of Soldier Field with impressive numbers -- three touchdown passes and a 109. 2 quarterback rating. But the Cowboys only threw the ball for 144 yards, with much of the damage coming in garbage time. Star wide receiver Dez Bryant was basically a non-factor, catching only two balls for 12 yards and a score. The Cowboys appeared to be disinterested on offense when it didn't involve one of their two running backs.

Robbie Gould

Special Teams

The Bears did surrender a 43-yard kickoff return to Dwayne Harris. But Robbie Gould went 3-for-3 in field goal tries, and Adam Podlesh didn't need to attempt a punt. This was a major rebound by the special teams after the rough loss in Minnesota.

Mike Ditka


While Ditka stole the show, Marc Trestman called an efficient and creative game on offense. Trestman also clearly had his players ready to go after a difficult week of being second-guessed and now has the club right back in playoff contention following Detroit's loss to Philadelphia. Mel Tucker got sneaky on defense with some of his blitz packages. Overall, it was a good night for Trestman and his entire coaching staff.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.



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