In their best offensive performance of the year on the coldest night of the season to date, sale the Bears came through on the national stage on Monday Night Football with a big win over the Dallas Cowboys, healing keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The Bears are waking up this morning to another chance. Last night’s one-sided Bears win has fans optimistic and our city buzzing about what’s next for the Bears. Get in on those conversations and help silence the doubters down the stretch. Here’s what you need to know.
What You Need to Know:
- The Big O: The Bears had the offensive performance of their season last night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, successfully battling the elements on a frigid Soldier Field. Led by backup QB Josh McCown, the Bears carved up Dallas’ horrible defense and scored on eight of their nine possessions – that’s ridiculous! With both teams’ defenses struggling, we knew it would be a high-scoring game, but the Bears proved that offensively they can still string a solid win together and spread the love around. Josh McCown threw for 348 yards for four touchdowns and zero interceptions. If you weren’t a McCown fan before Monday night, the 34-year old QB surely won you over when he jumped over two defenders spinning in the air with a hard land in the end zone for a rushing touchdown.
- 1K Yard Club: Both Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall had big nights – Forte rushed for 73 yards and one TD and Marshall had six receptions for 100 yards. Both guys broke the 1,000 yard mark on the season in last night’s performance, but it was another ridiculous TD catch by Alshon Jeffery that has people buzzing about the future and the possibilities of the young receiver.
- No QB Controversy…or is There? After his strongest performance of the season, Josh McCown continues to play the humble backup deflecting any questions about his future as the starter when Jay Cutler returns from his ankle injury. With Cutler’s contract up at the end of the season, Bears GM Phil Emery will have some big decisions to make after watching the backup string together four wins and help keep his club’s playoff hopes alive.
- Iron Mike is Honored: The only man to ever win a Super Bowl as a player and a coach on the same team, Mike Ditka was honored last night at halftime. His number “89” was retired for good.
Your Take Away Piece:
“Sure, Dallas has a horrible defense, but the Bears proved once again that offensively they can pull it together as a unit under McCown and win.”
The Bears now sit at the top of the NFC North at 7-6 tied for first with the Detroit Lions. The Bears have three games remaining: at Cleveland, at Philadelphia and home versus Green Bay. They must win all of them in order to keep their playoff hopes alive and because they lost both regular season match-ups to the Lions, they need the Lions to lose at least one of their next three match-ups as well.
Buckle in Bears fans. It’s going to be an exciting next few weeks as the Bears look for a strong finish down the stretch and their first playoff run in three years.