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December 10, 2013

Bears Recap: Week 14

by Leon Phanrana

Week 14 saw the Chicago Bears play on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears looked to break a 2 game losing skid and with the loss of the Lions the day before the Bears had a chance to become tied for first place in the NFC north. That night also saw the Bears retire the number 89 of hall of fame tight end and head coach Mike Ditka. Starting Quarterback Jay Cutler also missed another game with his high ankle sprain.

In the first quarter the Cowboys got off to a fast start on offense scoring a touchdown on their first drive. The Bears though were able to answer back with their own touchdown tying the game at 7 a piece at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Bears were able to score first with a 7 yard touchdown run from backup quarterback Josh McCown making the score 14-7.

The Cowboys answered back with their own touchdown with a 10 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Romo to tight end Jason Witten, making the score 14 all. On the Bears next drive they kicked a 27 yard field goal taking the lead again 17-14. At the end of the half the Bears were able to get one more score with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery increasing their lead 24-14. In the third quarter the Bears scored the only points in the quarter first with a 34 yard field goal and then with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown to running back Matt Forte, making the score at the end of the third 35-14. At the start of the fourth quarter the Bears scored once more with a 17 yard touchdown pass making the score 42-14. The Cowboys even though they have mostly lost this game answered back with a touchdown pass making the score 42-21. At the end the final score was 45-28 Bears. The Bears increase their lead to 7-6.

The Bears at least on the offensive side is doing well without Jay. On the defensive side though they need to find a way to stop the run because they gave up another 100 yard rusher. To stop any quarterback controversy head coach Marc Trestman said in the post game press conference that Jay is the starter once he is fully healthy. If the Bears want to make it far in the playoffs I agree  they need Jay to do just that. The Bears last three games are against the Browns, Eagles, and Packers.

NFC North Standings

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Winning PCT.

Detroit Lions

7

6

0

.538

Chicago Bears

7

6

0

.538

Green Bay Packers

6

6

1

.500

Minnesota Vikings

3

9

1

.269

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