Postgame Thoughts: Bears at Cowboys (09.19.10)

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The thing I worried about most all week leading up to this game — how big and physical a team Dallas is — never was a factor as the Bears moved their record to 2-0 with a huge road victory. The Bears went toe to toe with the Cowboys in the physicality department, and although they lost Chris Williams and Major Wright to hamstring injuries, they finished the game mostly unscathed.

Obviously, the key to this game was turnovers. The Bears protected the ball and managed to force the Cowboys into three turnovers. The Bears also scored in the red zone, which was a big problem for them last week.

What a game for Jay Cutler. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 277 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Nobody can deny his toughness as he was knocked on his backside all game and still came back fighting. The Bears still could not get the run game going, which is a cause for concern as the season progresses, but sometimes you have to take what the defense gives you. Matt Forte had just 29 yards on 10 carries, but he contributed to the passing game again and had 5 receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.

The defense played a pretty solid game against the Cowboys’ offense. Tony Romo completed 34 of 51 passes for 374 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but for the second straight week the Bears run defense shut down its opponent. Marion Barber had just 31 yards on 11 carries and Felix Jones rushed 7 times for 7 yards.

Special teams gave good field position for most of the game but they did allow rookie Dez Bryant to return a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Not enough can be said about the way Cutler handled adversity. He was visibly frustrated all game and at one point the camera zoomed in on him and I could have sworn he said something to the effect of, “Just block somebody!” Offensive coordinator Mike Martz did a great job of adjusting to the heavy pressure that the Cowboys were placing on Cutler and he called some good plays that allowed Cutler to get rid of the ball quickly and thus neutralize the blitz.

The Bears are now 2-0 and tied with the Packers for first in the NFC North with a big showdown coming next Monday at Soldier Field. The Vikings and Lions, meanwhile, are two games back after both lost their matchups this week.

For more analysis, check out my Monday Morning Quarterback tomorrow.

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