Monday, 9 December 2013

Chicago Bears retire Mike Ditka’s number, crush Cowboys behind Josh McCown’s career day

Legendary Bears tight end/coach Mike Ditka is honored at halftime.
CHICAGO, IL (AP) — Neither the crazy cold nor the league’s worst defense could stop Josh McCown as well as the Bears. Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share from the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a chilly Monday night.

The Bears (7-6) retired Area of Famer Mike Ditka’s amount at halftime and pulled despite Detroit in the division race with a night when the game-time temperature was a student in single digits and the the wind chill factor was below zero.
Legendary Bears tight end/coach Robert Ditka is honored at halftime.
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Legendary Bears tight end/coach Robert Ditka is honored at halftime.

Losing left Dallas (7-6) a game behind Philadelphia within the NFC East and owner Jerry Jones calling for more aggressive play-calling upon defense. The bone-chilling conditions didn’t cease McCown from throwing for 348 yards or maintain your Bears from running away having a lopsided victory. It was one they desperately needed after consecutive loss, and although Detroit holds the particular head-to-head sweep, the Bears are last the thick of the playoff race.

“All we could do is try to beat the Dallas Cowboys, ” guru Marc Trestman said. “We retained it as simple as which. We didn’t get into all the hypotheticals and all the jobs that go into winning or losing a game. ” Alshon Jeffery’s leaping catch between two defenders within the corner of the end zone within the closing seconds of the minute quarter gave the Bears the 24-14 lead, and they continued to pour it on within the second half after a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Minnesota last week.

McCown, making his fourth straight start with Jay Cutler sidelined by a higher left ankle sprain, completed twenty-seven of 36 passes. And for that, DeMarcus Ware blamed Dallas’ safeguard.
Julius Peppers piles on Cowboys QB Tony adamowicz Romo.
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Julius Peppers hemorrhoids on Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

“If you're back there quarterbacking and we played the way we played you probably could have five touchdowns, ” he claimed. McCown, meanwhile, insisted he’s nonetheless the backup. And Trestman said the master plan with Cutler hasn’t changed.

“We’ll see where Jay is this few days, ” he said. “He’ll ought to be released by the doctors and when Jay is getting ready to play, he’ll be playing. ”

Brandon Marshall captured six passes for 100 lawns, and Jeffery added 84 yards receiving after breaking her own team record the previous few days with 249. Matt Forte cracked in with 102 yards hurrying and 73 receiving, and the Bears racked up 490 yards in all.
Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, US; Chicago Bears running back He Forte (22) runs the ball over the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys with Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 9, 2013; Chi town, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back He Forte (22) runs the ball over the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys with Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

“Basically, we must make some adjustments in that which you are doing defensively, ” Jones claimed. “What that usually means is taking more risks on safeguard. But if you’re going to offer the kind of match like we tonight or certainly in New Orleans you should take some risks. We have to double up and I’m sure which is to be part of the plan upon defense; more risks. ”

Tony adamowicz Romo threw for three touchdowns nevertheless completed just 11 of 20 goes for 104 yards for Dallas. DeMarco Murray ran for 146 yards up against the league’s worst run defense, though the Cowboys were overmatched after profitable two straight. They also lost linebacker Sean Lee to another injury — this time a neck issue after creating a tackle in the third fraction. He missed the previous two games having a hamstring problem.

“Certainly, it was a disappointing loss as well as the loss stings, ” coach Jerr Garrett said. “The worst thing we can do is have a hangover next loss. ”

The game-time temperature was 8 degrees with all the wind chill at minus 9, though the freezing conditions did nothing to slow either team within the early going. Garrett said both equally teams handled it well. Murray burned Chicago for 52 yards on six carries on the game’s opening possession to put together a 2-yard scoring pass through Romo to Dez Bryant, but the Bears scored almost every time they got the ball. After Bryant’s TD, McCown tied it having a 4-yard pass to Earl Bennett and also put Chicago ahead 14-7 early within the second quarter with a 7-yard scramble, leaping with the goal line and getting content spun in midair. Jason Witten tied it with 14 when he dragged Major Wright through the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown catch, but the Bears grabbed a three-point lead on Robbie Gould’s 27-yard area goal with 1: 33 remaining within the half. Jeffery added to it with that neat catch after Dallas was forced to punt.

“I’m just trying to give him an opportunity to go up and make the play but not really put the ball at risk, so to speak, ” McCown claimed. “My part was relative simple to the catch. ”

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