Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 14 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 4, 2014
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 14 slate on “Thursday Night Football” last night we had a big NFC matchup between two historic franchises in the league. Both teams were coming off embarrassing Thanksgiving-Day losses to division rivals--the Cowboys dropped one to the Eagles and the Bears lost to the Lions--and were looking to save some face on the national stage.
Let’s take a moment to check out the key players and statistics from this game so we can figure out exactly what happened. Afterward we’ll check out Week 15 to see what’s in each team’s immediate future.
What Happened: The Cowboys are coming off three straight 8-8 seasons, but have secured their first over .500 record in that time with a victory here. The scoring started in the second quarter with a 1-yard DeMarco Murray TD run. The Bears’ Martellus Bennett was able to even things up on a 12-yard TD catch, but Cole Beasley logged a 13-yard TD pass from Tony Romo to retake the lead and give the Cowboys a 14-7 lead going into the half.
After halftime, Beasley struck again with a 24-yard TD grab, and Dallas was just getting started. Gavin Escobar posted a 6-yard TD catch, and Joseph Randle logged a 17-yard TD run for a 35-7 lead.
In the fourth, the Bears began to show a little life, beginning with Alshon Jeffery’s 27-yard TD catch. After a Dan Bailey field goal, Matt Forte put up a 1-yard TD run, and Jay Cutler added a 10-yard scamper to get the Bears within 10. It wasn’t enough, however, as another Bailey field goal put the icing on a 41-28 Cowboys victory that brought the team to 9-4 on the year.
USA TODAY Sports
The Stars: No surprise here: Murray carried the offense once again, posting 179 yards on 32 totes and adding another 49 on a team-high nine receptions. Romo was efficient but not mind-blowing with 205 yards and three touchdowns. This extra rest will do him some good, as he hasn’t looked completely healthy over the past couple of weeks.
On the other side, Cutler threw for 341 yards and a pair of scores. His main benefactors were Jeffery (six catches; 95 yards) and Bennett (12 catches; 84 yards), who each scored.
The Goats: The Bears offense is a shadow of what it was last season, and that fact continues to come out in each game. The team put up just 35 rush yards on 15 attempts, losing the time-of-possession battle 27:32-32:28. They were also just 2-10 on third downs.
Neither defense was especially strong statistically: Dallas gave up 376 total yards and Chicago surrendered 397. It was also a pretty penalty-heavy game, with the teams combining for 17 fouls.
Injuries: The big injury casualty here was Bears star WR Brandon Marshall, who sustained a rib injury after taking a knee to his right side. He left in an ambulance, but tweeted later that he was “good.”
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action with primetime games in Week 15. The Cowboys will get a “Sunday Night Football” rematch with the Eagles (December 14; 8:30 PM ET on NBC), while the Bears will host the incoming Saints on “Monday Night Football” (December 15; 8:30 PM ET: on ESPN).
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.