The Cowboys couldn’t have asked for much more than going 2-0 without their star linebacker. But they should be getting
Lee’s not the only “hamstrung” player on the team. It seems the bevy of defensive line injuries have now moved to other positions. It’ll be a close call to see if elite special teamer
Despite getting blown out by the Bears, both
Josh McCown’s been as solid as backups come at quarterback taking over for the injured Jay Cutler, but the wins just haven’t followed for the Bears. McCown’s gotten the ball out quickly and has nine touchdown passes and just one interception since getting playing time the last six weeks. Scoring points hasn’t been the problem, as the Bears have at least 20 points in all but two games this year, but they’re 2-4 in their last six games as they’ve fallen to 6-6 overall while competing in one of the tougher divisions in football in the NFC North.
The Bears could get back Cutler, who threw for 275 yards on 18-of-24 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions last year against the Cowboys, but the offense has been fine with McCown. The new quarterback’s developed a nice rapport with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who’s coming off a 249-yard performance. The rookie had just 367 receiving yards and three touchdowns his rookie year, but this season he’s already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and is at 1,109 receiving yards on 70 catches with five touchdowns. Combine that with Brandon Marshall, who had seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown last year against the Cowboys and is 10 yards short of 1,000 already this year, and that’s as formidable a receiving duo as there is in the league.
That’s all in addition to running back Matt Forte, who continues to be a force as a runner and receiver out of the backfield with at least 75 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving in each of his last three games. It’s really been the typically vaunted Bears defense that’s struggled, allowing at least 20 points in every game this season. They’ve dealt with a horde of injuries, including ones to defensive tackle Henry Melton and cornerback Charles Tillman, and have now added Jay Ratliff to the mix in what should be an interesting matchup to watch. Despite the defensive struggles, three of their four last defeats have been by four points or fewer, and the score may be lower given the frigid environment this weekend.