Always a great night in Chicago when it’s freezing cold and the Bears can embarrass the Dallas Cowboys. Being at the game, I didn’t have access to commentary, but I believe I heard afterwards this was the fourth-coldest Bears game in their history. I had guessed in my 250 or so games I’ve been to, it had to be in the top 10. Glad to know I was able to be there.
Cold Monday Night games are great. Started off at Miller’s Pub and finished up with a late night bite and beers at Bub City, and slept well thinking about the Bears’ domination.
I am impressed at how the Bears have played the Cowboys in the Tony Romo era. Aside from the 2007 debacle on Sunday Night, during which Romo tore the Chicago defense to shreds, the Bears have dominated the Cowboys’ quarterback. From 1991 to 2007 the Bears were 2-5 against Dallas. Since then they are 3-0 (wins in ’10, ’11 and ’13.) And last night’s victory evened the all-time series at 11-11.
Josh McCown has been unbelievable, and at this time leads the NFL in quarterback rating. Alshon Jeffery is coming of age in a big way. The offensive line continues to improve. At the same time, the run defense continues to be staggeringly bad. That being said, overall, the defense stepped up when it had to last night.
When Dallas scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, we were worried. I still wonder why the Cowboys bothered to throw at all, since they had little opposition when running the ball. But the offense kept up the pressure, and it was a fun night.
Unfortunately, the cynic in me thinks the defense will find a way to lose at least one of the last three games and we will be shut out of the playoffs for the third straight year. But we can hope that Detroit will falter and allow us to back in.
Couple of notes: the Bears’ game at Philadelphia on December 23rd has been flexed to Sunday Night primetime. And it looks like Aaron Rodgers is not close to returning. So glad it was a Bear that put him down and out all this time. It’s about time for the Packers to have a little bad luck.