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Early on, it looked like the Chicago Bears were badly outmatched. The Cowboys scored quickly, easily, and on every early possession. Justin Fields did everything he could and the defense had a bad day they will soon want to forget.

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Recap

When the Bears traveled to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys, it was already a daunting challenge. The offense was coming off an impressive showing against New England in Week 7 and they were looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

First Quarter

Dallas got the ball first in this game. Their offense ran all over the Bears' defense and Dak Prescott nearly walked into the endzone for an early touchdown. 

On the Bears' first offensive drive, they barely made any gains. Penalties negated what they did manage and they punted back to Dallas. It didn't take very long for the Cowboys to extend their lead. Jaquan Brisker got beaten deep in coverage and CeeDee Lamb scored an easy touchdown. Dallas led early 14-0.

Second Quarter

The Bears were driving into Dallas territory at the end of the first quarter and to begin the second, Justin Fields ran in the first Chicago score of the day. The Bears trailed 14-7.

That momentum didn't last long as the next Cowboys' offensive drive ended in a Tony Pollard touchdown, which would become a familiarity as the day went on. The Cowboys' 14-point lead returned.

Chicago's defense had no answers for Dallas in the first half at all. When Dallas got into the red zone again, Dak Prescott found Jake Ferguson for a short touchdown. They extended their lead to 28-7.

On the Bears' next drive, Justin Fields threw an interception that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. But it was called back due to a roughing-the-passer penalty. Then, Fields found N'Keal Harry for his first touchdown as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Then, when Dallas got the ball back, Eddie Jackson picked off Prescott, giving the Bears another possession shortly before halftime. 

They managed to kick a field goal making it 28-17 right before halftime.

This was the second consecutive game that the Bears got a late-second-quarter interception, scored, and received the second-half kickoff.

Second Half

The third quarter started out poorly. The Bears went three-and-out to begin. Dallas wasn't able to do anything quickly either and the Bears got the ball back.

Khalil Herbert fumbled after a run but the play was overturned as his knee was down. On the next play, Fields found Darnell Mooney for a big 36-yard gain.

The drive ended with a Khalil Herbert touchdown and a failed two-point conversion. 

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The Bears now only trailed the Cowboys 28-23. But that wouldn't last long.

Tony Pollard scored again and the Bears' defense looked gassed. They couldn't stop Dallas at all and the game was in danger of getting out of reach. It was now 35-23.

For the most part, the Bears' offensive line kept Micah Parsons in check. He disrupted plays and the Cowboys were clearly managing his snaps. But then David Montgomery fumbled.

Parsons grabbed the loose ball and Justin Fields had a chance to down him, but he jumped cleanly over him. Parsons ran it all the way back and scored a defensive touchdown, extending the Cowboys' lead to 42-23.

Then the Bears got the ball back and started to drive down the field. Fields found Cole Kmet for his first touchdown since 2020! 

Chicago went for two points again but they failed again. 

Trailing 42-29, the Chicago Bears' defense needed a critical turnover or stop. They got neither of those and let Tony Pollard rush for a huge 54-yard touchdown, essentially putting the nail in the coffin.

The Bears tried to mount a comeback but fell flat and couldn't put any more offense on the board. With the game out of reach, Matt Eberflus pulled Justin Fields and put Trevor Siemian into the game. They ran out the clock, gave the ball back to Dallas, and the Cowboys took a knee.

The Bears lost by a final score of 49-29 and the defense had a very bad game.

Bears Player Notes

  • Justin Fields: 17/23 151 Yards, 2 TD, 8 CAR, 60 Yards, 1 TD
  • Khalil Herbert: 16 CAR, 99 Yards
  • David Montgomery: 15 CAR, 53 Yards, 3 REC, 22 Yards, 1 Fumble
  • Darnell Mooney: 5 REC, 70 Yards
  • N'Keal Harry: 2 REC, 24 Yards, 1 TD
  • Dante Pettis: 4 REC, 18 Yards
  • Velus Jones Jr.: 2 CAR, 33 Yards, 1 REC, 5 Yards
  • Cole Kmet: 2 REC, 11 Yards, 1 TD
  • Equanimeous St. Brown: 1 REC, 6 Yards

Eddie Jackson led the Chicago Bears' defense in tackles with 11 total, seven of those were solo and he had one interception. Jaquan Brisker had nine total tackles with one sack and Nicholas Morrow had five tackles. 

Roquan Smith had his worst performance of the 2022 season with five total tackles. He missed tackles on several plays and had a rough outing.

The Bears rushed for over 200 yards in three consecutive games for the first time since 1968 and had a total of 240 yards on the ground. But the defense had a bad day giving up 200 rushing yards and they let Dak Prescott throw for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

Chicago falls to a record of 3-5 and the Bears host the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field in Week 9.