DeMarco Murray’s 179 yards leads Cowboys to 41-28 victory over Bears

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For the first time in five seasons, the Dallas Cowboys won’t finish with an 8-8 record. The Cowboys earned their ninth win of the season in easy fashion, 41-28, over the struggling Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

It’s the first time the Cowboys will post a winning record since they last made the playoffs in 2009.

Dallas controlled the game on the ground as DeMarco Murray rushed for 179 and a touchdown and Tony Romo passed for three scores. Meanwhile, the Bears were held to just 35 yards rushing by the Dallas defense.

Murray scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead. The Bears rallied to tie the game as Jay Cutler connected with Martellus Bennett for a 12-yard touchdown to cap an 80-yard drive.

The game was all Cowboys after that.

Romo found Cole Beasley for a pair of touchdowns passes, 13 and 24 yards, as the Cowboys took a 21-7 lead. Romo then connected with Gavin Escobar for a 6-yard touchdown and Joseph Randle scored on a 17-yard touchdown run as Dallas took a commanding 35-7 lead.

Alshon Jeffery caught a 27-yard touchdown from Cutler as the Bears began to finally show some life offensively in the fourth quarter.

After a 35-yard Dan Bailey field goal gave Dallas a 35-13 cushion, the Bears scored a touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte and added a two-point conversion to draw to within 38-21. Chicago then recovered an onside kick when Gavin Escobar failed to reel in the kick by Jay Feely. Three plays later Jay Cutler scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game with six minutes remaining.

A Dan Bailey 26-yard field goal pushed Dallas’ lead to 41-28 with 3:41 left to play.

The Bears pushed into the Dallas red zone once again but Cutler was intercepted in the end zone by Orlando Scandrick to squash Chicago’s late rally.

52 responses to “DeMarco Murray’s 179 yards leads Cowboys to 41-28 victory over Bears

  1. The casual Bears fan will say that Cutler blew the comeback with his late, idiotic pick. The serious Bears fan will say he was the only one that kept his composure and was responsible for the comeback.
    I am a serious Bears fan.

  2. Dallas finally broke the string of 8-8 seasons. This year though they will have to win 2 of the next 3 to get in the playoffs. Looked decent, need a couple of cornerbacks and a safety. Romo was solid, missed one throw.

  3. hats off to the bears for putting in their all to try for the comeback, but this is to all the haters that said 8-8. IN YOUR FACE!!!!
    HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!!!!

  4. Good, Now the cowtreads will have no excuses with a 10 day R&R in Cabo Mexico. The Eagles will drag them to the deep end of the pool and drown them like they did on Thanksgiving. 27-0, sorry that was the Giants game score, no wait that was the 1989 Thanksgiving game score…. 33-10 beat down was the 2014 Thanksgiving score. 44-6 will be the score in 10 days, just like 2008….. LOL

  5. Dez Bryant as so wide open so many times, its hard to fathom that he didn’t have at least 2 touchdowns and 150 yards. It looked like the game plan was to leave Bryant out of the game, or Romo is as blind as a bat, he’s also paranoid in the pocket. Rewind the game tape and watch how many times Bryant was open. You can see Dez was upset at the end of the game. What a waste of a talented player! skywalker180

  6. Nice work Trestman. Two years ago this team was reasonably competitive and carried themselves with pride even if the talent wasn’t all there. Now thanks to you and your staff of clowns, they can’t find their arse with both hands and they mope around with a passive losers mentality. Quite an achievement.

  7. The Bears are proof that signing free agents as a shortcut to improving your team is folly.

    The Bears have huge guarantees on the books for players who have proven to be stiffs.

    It will take years to get out from under this debacle.

    It may be the biggest break in a decade for the Vikings — who will escape the NFC cellar because of the utter ineptitude of Bears management.

  8. The bears are heavily injured on defense and it shows. They looked bad. Cutler is very inaccurate and it’s obvious

  9. If Bears fans want to see the future, they should look to the Raiders.

    When Al Davis died, he left the team with no talent, and in a salary cap mess.

    Just like the Bears today.

    It will take years to get out of the mess.

  10. I feel like Murray has had an unbelievable season, and he has. I wouldn’t have guessed he’d need to average 191 yards the last three games just to get to 2,000. Really puts into perspective how many yards 2,000 really is. A lot more impressive than these annual passing records falling.

  11. How does Dallas put up wit Dez? What kind of teammate cries and whines and throws temper tantrums on the sideline when your team is scoring TD’s? Just because it’s not him scoring? What a loser! Dallas, seriously how do you let this go on every time Dallas is on national TV?

  12. Once again, another horrendous display of defensive game planning by Mel Tucker. The DBs played off the receivers all night, allowing easy completions. Yet another opposing quarterback gets his most accurate game against the Bears this season. Check the stat box- not a single “pass defensed” by a Bears defender. Which is a regular occurrence with this team. Also, there were a few obvious run situations in which the Bears should have sold out on stacking the line. The 4th and goal from the 1 is a prime example. If Romo play fakes and rolls out on that one to toss one in, I can live with that. But running Murray up the middle, as was the case on another 4th down, resulted in wide open holes.
    Can’t wait for some regime changes….

  13. Actually I think the refs out-gained the Cowboys in that 4th quarter. Especially in the back-to-back TD span.

  14. They played the Bears for gosh sakes. While the Eagles got to play the Packers. Step into CBP. And watch Romo go down without being hit. If a QB did that in Philly he would be run out of town.

  15. That fans are still filling Soldiers field this year is truly amazing. With the contract lock on Cutler there is at least one more year of this Trestman offense stuff and then 2 years of rebuilding the D by _______ before there is any light at the end of the tunnel. More bad football ahead.

  16. The 49’ers are making it plain they will trade their coach. The Bears had a former QB under Mike Ditka named Jim Harbaugh. After last night’s game, Bears management better think about those two facts and make a decision.
    Not that I care as a Packers fan. It’s really nice to watch them get destroyed.

  17. Murray would have had close to 200 yards rushing for the night, (-) a run that went for -14 yards. It’s amazing the officials didn’t mark forward progress. What a joke.

    Also, for the haters out there. The Bears had the #11 ranked run defense entering the game.

  18. Remember cowboys fans. You are really not that good. You beat the team with the worst defense in their 94 year history.
    Not saying you didn’t deserve the win. Just keep in perspective what kind of team you put up them numbers on.

  19. Don’t start hating on the Cowboys people. Going to Chicago in December is already tough. Murray was the workhorse he needed to be. Great game plan. It was a great game to watch. Now, Dez Bryant on the other hand…… Hate all you want on that punk.

  20. ipeefreelyagain says:
    Dec 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    Murray would have had close to 200 yards rushing for the night, (-) a run that went for -14 yards. It’s amazing the officials didn’t mark forward progress. What a joke.

    Also, for the haters out there. The Bears had the #11 ranked run defense entering the game.
    _______________________________

    Because he ran on his accord backwards to get away…if he continues to run upfield (“forward progressing” to help your thought process) or go down, he would have been given the yards for forward progress.

    Same at every level from peewee on up, sport.

  21. “Romo is as blind as a bat, ”

    There’s something called ‘throwing lanes’ that you should look into. What looks wide open from 300 feet above could be blocked from view by a 6’6 DL at ground level.

  22. “What kind of teammate cries and whines and throws temper tantrums on the sideline when your team is scoring TD’s?”

    When you saw Bryant on the sideline the team had just kicked it’s second redzone FG.

  23. For the record, I played Bennett as my TE last night in DFS. Bennett had, I think the second best matchup for TE for the whole week 14. Witten had the best TE matchup of the week.

    Bennett got 26.4
    Witten ended up with 4.6

  24. Wow, that Bears D, holy cow its bad folks, its really bad, that Run D God Almighty.
    ———————-

    Preach it. It’s really a shame that Briggs and Tillman have to end their Bears careers playing for the fraud Mel Tucker. Tillman has handled it well… Briggs not so much… but you have to feel for both of them. I’m sure it was all Marinelli could do not to cover his eyes from the Cowboys sideline.

  25. “Wow, that Bears D, holy cow its bad folks, its really bad, that Run D God Almighty.”
    ————————
    Yes, when Philly hangs 33 on Dallas it’s because the god-king Kelly’s offense is unstoppable. When Dallas hang 41 on Chicago it’s because the defense is horrible.

  26. Garbage time points are the same thing in the NFL as in the NBA but I’d be happy if Trestman could just end the Bears pre-snap penalties by game 16.

    He is not going to go this year and neither is Cutler and I’m guessing 2 more years before we see an end to embarrassing Bears football at a minimum. Do not read that as a Super Bowl run but rather as just competent mid-pack NFL football.

  27. The problem is that if they keep Trestman but fire Tucker, no competent DC is gonna want to come to the Bears knowing that Trestman is a dead man walking in 2015. This team will be lucky to win 6 games this year and realistically, that is about their ceiling next year too if they keep Trestman around.

    Tucker needs to go, no question – he should have been let go last year already – but who in their right mind would take that job? Trestman is clueless, the offense is regressing at light speed, the chemistry of the entire team is awful and there is very little talent on that defense to work with. They need to upgrade 6 or 7 starters on that defense at minimum, and that won’t be happening in just one offseason.

  28. Bashers just can’t leave romo out of it. I think the article is about Murray if I’m not mistaken. Yeah romo had a pretty bad night handing the ball off to Murray, over 200 yards passing, 3 TDs no int. Yeah he pretty much stunk up the place…

  29. And now we are judging a mans career by how many fantasy points he gets you. Witten is a hall of famer. Bennett is still trying to figure out which team he wants to play on. Can’t even mention Bennett in the same breath with Witten….

  30. oldcowboyfan0113 says: Dec 6, 2014 1:12 AM

    And now we are judging a mans career by how many fantasy points he gets you. Witten is a hall of famer. Bennett is still trying to figure out which team he wants to play on. Can’t even mention Bennett in the same breath with Witten
    ——————

    I don’t know what generation you belong to, but fantasy points are directly related to on field performance, and thereby are an accurate portrayal of a player’s worth to their team.

  31. I’m from the “real” football generation not the, I want to show everyone how smart I am and assemble a “fantasy” team and start comparing the amount of points 1 player got for 1 game to a hall of fame career. Hope you win your little fantasy league. But I’ll bet Witten makes in the hall of fame because of his career and not how many points he got for some weekend wanna be GM. Don’t think you can say the same about Bennett. Unless they have a hall for fantasy players.

  32. I do DFS because it is fairly lucrative once one gets up to speed on how to do the research on players and their match-ups. It has no effect on my love of the game of football, and in fact has made me an ever better fan because since I started DFS I have a whole new interest in the college game, something I never had that much interest for before.

    Bennett is actually this year in the upper echelon of TEs, along with Gronk and Graham by his production on the field, not because he may or may not someday be in the HOF. DFS does not detract from that fact.

  33. olcap says:
    I don’t know what generation you belong to, but fantasy points are directly related to on field performance, and thereby are an accurate portrayal of a player’s worth to their team.
    =================

    Absolutely wrong. Fantasy points have a predetermined value. They do not take into account every aspect of a positions performance. Real TEs are supposed to block as well as catch passes. But there are no fantasy points for dominate blocking, however it’s still extremely valuable to the team.

    Maybe if Bennett had blocked a little better they might have had a running game and made it more competitive. THAT would have been valuable to the team.

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