Chicago 45, Dallas 28: Looking Nothing Like a Playoff Team

The Dallas Cowboys somehow still control their playoff destiny. If they win their remaining three games, they will win the NFC East.

If the Cowboys look anything like they did against the Chicago Bears, the team will not win another game.

The team brought the worst defense in franchise history—and one of the worst in NFL history—to Soldier Field to let the Bears do whatever they wanted.

Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns with a passer rating of 141.9. The Cowboys could not stop Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffrey. Matt Forte ran at will in the second half.

What was a 14-14 game with less than two minutes left in the first half quickly turned into a 24-14 Chicago lead at halftime. Although the Chicago touchdown was the result of a great individual play by Jeffrey in the corner of the end zone, the Cowboys had allowed the Bears to get into position to throw the touchdown late in the first half.

The Dallas defense had no clue how to stop the Bears in the second half, and eventually the Cowboys stopped trying.

The Cowboys gave up 498 total yards of offense and did not force a single punt. In fact, the only time the Bears left the field without scoring was because Chicago chose to kneel down to end the game.

Friends, this graphic shows just how bad this defense is:


Four teams had gained more than 500 yards against Dallas, and Chicago nearly became the fifth. The Bears became the third team to score at least 40 against Dallas this year.

Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns, including two in the first half. However, he was largely ineffective. The leading pass receiver for most of the game was tight end Gavin Escobar and his one reception for 25 yards (until he made another one late in the game).

DeMarco Murray ran well, but many of his yards also came during the first half and were rendered meaningless by the third quarter.

Dallas is now 7-6, while Philadelphia is 8-5. Unless the Eagles lose to either the Bears or Vikings, the Cowboys will have to beat the Packers and Redskins, setting up a season finale for all the marbles.

Sounds good, except the Cowboys will enter that game with this disgraceful unit called a defense. Not much room for optimism tonight.

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The last time the Cowboys allowed three opponents to score 40 or more points in a single season was 1960. That was, of course, an 0-11-1 season and the first in franchise history.

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Kyle Orton attempted his first  pass of the season. The last time he played was in 2012 against Chicago in another loss.

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Joseph Randle and Cole Beasley both scored against the Bears. It was the second touchdown for both players, as Beasley had scored against the Broncos while Randle had scored against the Redskins.


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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.
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