Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears Live Gameday Blog
Looking to get back to their winning ways, the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Chicago Bears on Thursday night from Soldier Field.
Dallas will be shorthanded on both sides of the ball entering the matchup and will enter the game without the help of Leighton Vander Esch, Tony Pollard, and Connor Williams, who are the most recent Cowboy players to fall victim to the injury bug.
Backup guard Xavier Su'a Filo will take the place of Williams in the starting lineup, after a rough outing in replacement of Williams last week against Buffalo.
The Cowboys will also be missing defensive tackle Antwaun Woods who was arrested on Tuesday night for marijuana possession and tampering with evidence.
Rookie defensive tackle Trysten Hill will be active once again, hoping to fill the void that Woods's absence will leave behind along the defensive front.
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After winning the toss and electing to receive the opening kick, the Cowboys opened with two consecutive runs, putting them in third and three right off the bat. The third-down pass was completed to Randall Cobb, moving the chains for a first down. The Cowboys then used a couple of tough runs by Zeke Elliott to move across midfield for a first down. Prescott then hit Blake Jarwin to move the chains once again, followed by another run by Zeke to give Dallas first and 10 at the 25 of Chicago. The 17-play 75-yard drive was finally capped off by a touchdown run from Elliott, giving Dallas an early 7-0 lead.
The Bears started their opening drive fast, with two first downs in three plays to get the ball down to the Dallas 32 yard line, with Trubisky using both his arm and his legs to get the drive moving. The drive was ended when Jourdan Lewis made an interception at the Dallas one-yard line, giving Dallas a much-needed takeaway.
On the ensuing drive, however, Dallas was unable to get anything going, and was forced to punt back to the bears after a quick three and out.
Dallas had Chicago in trouble on the next drive, with the Bears facing third and nine, but thanks an offsides call on the defense, the Bears had another chance to convert and were successful. Just a play later, Trubisky hit J.P. Holtz for 30 yards to put Chicago inside the Dallas 10. Trubisky then hit Allen Robinson across the middle for a score, tying the game at seven points apiece.
The next drive for Dallas was another unproductive one, as they went three and out for the second-straight possession, and were forced to punt right back to the Bears. Chicago then took over from the Dallas 46, with momentum at their backs.
The Bears got off to another quick start from there, with David Montgomery taking the ball right up the guy for a 20-yard gain. Thanks to a bogus block in the back call on the Bears, however, Chicago was forced to settle for a field goal, making the score 10-7 Bears.
Dallas came out swinging on the next drive, with back-to-back big plays on a first-down completion to Amari Cooper and a 31-yard run by Zeke, setting up the Cowboys at the Chicago 30. After a miscommunication between Jamize Olawale and Dak Prescott led to a third-down incompletion, Brett Maher missed a field goal, leaving the score at 10-7 Bears.
After a first down catch from Allen Robinson, followed by a Dallas defensive penalty to move the chains for Chicago a second time, the Bears had the ball inside Dallas territory at the two-minute warning. Trubisky would hit Anthony Miller for a big gain a couple of plays later, setting the Bears up inside the Dallas 10 with 22 seconds to go. Robinson would then haul in his second touchdown catch of the evening, giving the Bears a 17-7 lead going into the half.
The Bears came out on fire from the locker room, moving the ball down the field with ease to get into scoring position. After a defensive holding on Xavier Woods kept the Bears offense on the field, Anthony Miller broke through for another Trubisky touchdown pass, putting the Bears up 24-7.
The Cowboys offense remained lifeless on the following drive, going three and out yet again, and punting the ball right back to Chicago. The Bears took over from their own 33.
On the next Bears possession, Dallas would finally step up to the plate and make a stop, forcing Chicago into a three and out, and their first punt of the evening. Another three and out fro Dallas would give the Bears the ball right back, however, thanks to a Khalil Mack sack.
The Cowboys defense was able to make a play on the next Bears drive, forcing a David Montgomery fumble, with Jaylon Smith coming through on the recovery. Just when it looked like they were going to settle for another three and out, Dallas Converted on fourth and four with a big completion to Michael Gallup. Gallup then caught another first down from Prescott, setting Dallas up at the Bears 11. After Elliott couldn't convert on 3rd and short, however, the Cowboys faced a 4th and 1 from the Bears 2 to end the third quarter.
Elliott was able to punch the ball into the endzone from there, making the score 24-14 in favor of Chicago with 14:55 to go.
The Bears responded quickly, however, with Mitch Trubisky leading the Bears right through the Dallas defense for a quick score. The drive was capped off with a 23-yard touchdown run from Trubisky himself, making the score 31-14 with 13:22 to go in the game.
In response, the Cowboys were unable to get anything going and were forced into their fifth three and out of the evening. The Bears took over at the midfield after the punt.
The Cowboys would get the ball back after that, however, after forcing a three and out of their own, and the Bears second punt of the game.
Dallas would finally get back on the board later in the fourth quarter when Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper with just under five minutes to go in the game. By that point, however, the game was already far out of reach, as the Bears continued to lead 31-21.
From there, the Bears would simply run out the clock, and send Dallas into next week's matchup with the Loss Angeles Rams under .500 for the first time all season.