After his first 3 drives against the Cowboys defense, it didn’t look like Jay Cutler would leave Dallas with all his limbs intact, let alone put up near-perfect QB rating. But after a shake-up at the tackle positions neutralized the Cowboys’ rush, Jay Cutler led the Bears to a 27-20 upset of America’s Team at Cowboys Stadium.
After left tackle, Chris Williams left with a hamstring injury after the first series, the Bears moved Frank Omiyale to left tackle and Kevin Schaffer to the right side. While they didn’t keep Cutler’s jersey clean the rest of the game, they did manage to neutralize Dallas’ fierce pass rush tandem of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
After the shaky first 3 series, Cutler was only hit once the rest of the half, when the Bears entered with a 20-14 lead.
Cutler was knocked down more times on the first 3 drives than he had completions. While he was only sacked once, he was knocked down 5 times and hit 6 times. With the help of an opportunistic defense that forced 3 turnovers, Cutler finished the game 21 for 29 for 277 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 136.7 QB rating.
After a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal put the Bears up 3-0 in the 1st, the Cowboys responded later in the quarter with a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown by rookie (rebel) Dez Bryant.
But the Bears responded on the next drive, when an attacking Cowboy’s blitz left the middle of the field open. Cutler hit a wide-open Greg Olsen with a short pass over the middle, and G-reg raced down the field 39 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bears up 10-7.
The Cowboys responded with a drive that ended in a 1-yard Tony Romo TD pass to some guy you’ve never heard of to give the ‘Boys a 14-10 lead.
The Bears went on the attack with a drive that ended with a beautiful one-handed, 9-yard grab by Devin Hester in the back of the end zone, which gave the Bears the lead again. They later added a 40-yard field that sent them to the locker room with a 6-point halftime lead.
While Romo threw for 374 yards, the Bears bend-but-don’t-break defense only allowed the Cowboys 36 rushing yards on 20 carries. They also scored 2 INTs by nickelback DJ Moore and forced a fumble by Cowboys wide receiver, Roy What’s His Name.
The Cowboys netted only a field goal in the 3rd quarter.
With a little over 5 minutes left in the game, Cutler hit Hester in the flat. The Windy City Flyer broke a tackle and raced down the sideline to the Cowboys 3 yardline. But unlike last week when the Bears couldn’t crack the end zone 4 times from the one against the Lions, the Mike Martz-led offense struck quickly.
Cutler floated a pass to Matt Forte, who lined up at wideout and easily caught the ball over an out-of-place defender, giving the Bears a 27-17 lead that would prove too much for the Cowboys to overcome.
The Bears scoring drive was set up by a missed field goal by Cowboys kicker, David Buehler. The Cowboys drove for a field goal to cut the lead to 27-20, but a failed onside kick sealed Dallas’ first 0-2 start since 2001…and it sets the Bears up for a Monday night showdown with the 2-0 Packers for first place in the North.
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