On a freezing cold night in Chicago, the Bears offense was on fire.
Chicago scored on all eight of their offensive possessions on the night (except for a kneel down on their final possession) in cruising to a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Chicago didn’t benefit from remarkable field position either. Each one of the Bears drives started on their own side of the 50-yard line.
A beleaguered Cowboys defense appeared to be functionally frozen in place all night as they proved to have little chance of slowing the Bears attack.
Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another on the night. Matt Forte also ran for 102 yards on 20 carries as the Cowboys defense continued their struggles. Sean Lee returned for his first game in a month but left the game early after suffering a neck injury.
Tony Romo threw three touchdowns but was held to just 104 yards passing and 11 completions by the Bears. Dallas ran for 198 yards against a poor Chicago run defense, but the Cowboys just couldn’t keep up with a team that was scoring every time they touched the ball.
The NFC North playoff picture is now as murky as ever. Chicago moves to 7-6 and into a tie with the Detroit Lions at the top of the division, though the Lions hold the tiebreaker with two wins over the Bears. The Green Bay Packers remain just a half game behind with Aaron Rodgers getting closer to returning to the field.
Dallas now falls a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.