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Bears blow through Dallas on Monday Night Football

Jay Cutler and the Bears used a huge second half to cruise to a victory over Tony Romo and the Cowboys in Dallas, 34-18.

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The Bears' defense was "the real story" of Monday's game against the Dallas Cowboys for Steven Schweickert of Windy City Gridiron.

Chicago forced five interceptions from Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, and held running back DeMarco Murray to just 2.2 yards per carry.

The Bears managed to return two of those interceptions back for touchdowns. But the defensive line deserves some credit, too. Says Schweickert,

"The defensive line overall was pretty damn good. Corey Wootton had some nice penetration when he was in, and Amobi Okoye got in solidly when he was able to get into the game."

Finally, Jay Cutler did exactly what he needed to do to get the Bears a victory. He completed 75 percent of his passes, and avoided throwing an interception for the first time this season. For Schweickert, it was a simple formula: "he hit his windows, gave his receivers plays, and didn't take too many unnecessary risks."


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Bears ride big second half to 34-18 win

The Chicago Bears used a huge second half to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 34-18, on Monday Night Football.

Chicago led 10-7 at halftime, but exploded for 24 points in the second half to pull away. The Bears got the second half scoring started with a 34-yard touchdown reception by Devin Hester.


That touchdown put the Bears up 10, but Lance Briggs extended the lead a few minutes later on a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was the Bears' second defensive touchdown of the game. Briggs' interception was one of five Tony Romo threw on Monday.


Brandon Marshall put the exclamation point on the game with 6:35 to play in the fourth quarter when he hauled in a 31-yard touchdown. Marshall finished with seven receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. Jay Cutler finished an efficient 18-of-24 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other side of the field, the Cowboys struggled to put points on the board. Romo threw for 307 yards but threw just one touchdown pass compared to the five interceptions. The Cowboys were unable to get much of a running game going with DeMarco Murray rushing for just 24 yards on 11 carries.

With the win, the Bears move to 3-1 on the season and tie the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC North lead. The Cowboys fall to 2-2 and a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

Fantasy studs and duds

Marshall had a huge game, hauling in seven receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown while the Bears' D/ST was also a big fantasy scorer with five interceptions, two touchdowns and a sack.

Tony Romo was a dud with the five interceptions while DeMarco Murray didn't get much going on the ground but salvaged the game somewhat with seven catches for 57 yards.

Injury report

Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter left the game during the first quarter with a hip injury, but later returned.

Did they cover?

The Cowboys entered the game as -3-1/2 point favorites, a number they obviously failed to cover with the 16-point loss.

What's next?

10/7 4:05 p.m. ET: Chicago at Jacksonville

10/14 1 p.m. ET: Dallas at Baltimore


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Forte a game-time decision for Monday night

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday morning that star running back Matt Forte will be a game-time decision for the team's tilt against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

"It's a game-time decision for Matt. He's made a lot of progress," Smith said on WBBM-AM 780. "We'll get over to the stadium see how he does then and decide."

Forte left Chicago's Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a high ankle sprain and missed the team's win last week over the St. Louis Rams as he recovered from the injury. He was limited in practice this week, but did participate in Chicago's workout on Saturday.

If Forte cannot go, Michael Bush will once again get the start and will likely share carries with backup Kahlil Bell. Last week, the Bears ran for 103 yards on 34 carries against the Rams. Bush gained 55 of those on 18 carries and added a touchdown, while Bell gained 18 yards on one run and then a total of 2 yards on his nine other carries.

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