Either the Chicago Bears are hitting their full stride as we close in on the final weeks of the season, or the Dallas Cowboys are completely falling apart. Maybe, it’s a bit of both. After the 45-28 dismantling of the Cowboys on Monday night the Bears were able to tie the Lions at 7-6 atop the NFC North.
Starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler for the fourth straight game, Josh McCown was an impressive 27-36 for 348 yards, had four touchdowns and even a rushing touchdown. Not bad for a backup. In those four games that McCown has started, he has now gone 2-2 in place of Cutler, and Monday’s efforts were quite impressive. However, they likely won’t be impressive enough to move Cutler from the starting spot, at least for the remainder of this year.
Brandon Marshall had six receptions for 100 yards and Alshon Jeffery had five receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. These two are becoming quite the receiving tandem that is giving defensive secondary’s fits. They also have Matt Forte running the rock, and he had 102 yards on 20 carries on Monday.
As for the Cowboys, they looked putrid. Tony Romo was 11-20 for only 104 yards. He did have three touchdowns, but his overall performance was lackluster. The talk for the Cowboys in recent weeks, and over the last few years as well, as been their inability to win in December. This loss for their first game in December certainly isn’t a good sign of things to come. They’ll be playing Green Bay next week and there is a possibility that Aaron Rodgers will be back. The Cowboys have got to hope for at least two wins in the next three weeks if they want to make the playoffs. Because the way things look right now, they may not have that chance to catch the Eagles with as hot as they have been.
As for the Bears, this huge win on the national stage has to be a major moral boost. And watching the Lions lose to Philly, the Bears also probably feel hopeful that they also make the playoffs. Their final games of the season include matchups against Cleveland, Philadelphia and Green Bay.