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Bears vs. Cowboys: Chicago destroys Dallas on Monday night

The Chicago Bears defeated the Dallas Cowboys 34-18.

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Cutler insists there's no spat with Tice

The Chicago Bears quarterback downplayed a perceived rift between him and the team's offensive coordinator.


Bears open as 4-point favorites over Jaguars

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Bears tackle Chris Williams was inactive Monday

Former first-round pick Chris Williams was inactive for Monday night's 34-13 Chicago win over the Dallas Cowboys.


Tony Romo "tried to do too much" in Bears loss

Tony Romo said Monday night he "tried to do too much" in a 34-13 loss to the Bears.


Bears nearing top five after beating Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are nearing the top five in most of the weekly power rankings following their primetime win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night,


Cutler Shines, Romo Falters in Bears Rout

The Bear Trap salutes Tony Romo as league's derpiest quarterback, and praises Brandon Marshall and. . . J'Marcus Webb?!?!


Bears 34, Cowboys 18: A Critical Reassessment

The Bears improved to 3-1 behind a dominating defensive effort on Monday night. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell examines the victory.


Bears defense now leads NFL in picks, total TOs

The Chicago Bears defense dominated during Monday night's 34-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys, forcing five Tony Romo interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs. That puts the Bears at 11 interceptions and 14 total turnovers on the season, which leads the NFL in both categories.

Major Wright recorded the first two-interception game of his career. Both of his picks came after halftime, marking the first time a Bears player has done that since Lance Briggs in 2008. Tillman's interception was the 31st of his career and sixth touchdown off an interception, both of which are franchise records. Briggs' 74-yard interception return for a touchdown was the longest of his career.

What might be the most impressive aspect of the Bears' defensive performance against the Cowboys is that four of their five interceptions came with four or fewer players rushing the passer. Chicago now has eight interceptions in that type of situation this year, tied for most in the NFL.


Cutler says exchange with Tice 'not anything'

Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler tried to down play his exchange with Mike Tice when speaking after the game


Bears hold comfortable lead heading into fourth

The Chicago Bears are one quarter away from a 3-1 start, as they have opened up a comfortable 24-10 lead over the Dallas Cowboys heading into the final frame on Monday night.

The Bears struck quickly at the beginning of the third quarter, grabbing a 17-7 lead on a 34-yard bomb from Jay Cutler to Devin Hester. The touchdown reception was Hester's first of the season.

A litany of turnovers followed in the wake of the Hester score. A long Cowboys drive ended in a interception by Bears safety Major Wright. The Bears coughed it right back after the Cowboys recovered a Cutler fumble

But on the ensuing Cowboys possession, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was intercepted for a third time. This time, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs returned the pick 74 yards for a score, marking the second defensive touchdown of the game for Chicago.

For the game, Cutler has played an efficient game, completing 15-of-20 passes for 189 yards. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has five catches for 77 yards. Running back Matt Forte has shaken off an early injury to rush for 48 yards on 10 carries.


Cutler blows off Tice

We all know by now that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a bit of a temper. Cutler has taken plenty of heat in the past for poor body language, yelling at teammates and tiffs with coaches. Well, that infamous Cutler temper flared up again on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys when offensive coordinator Mike Tice went to discuss some things in the second quarter:

O'Donnell: Bears 34, Cowboys 18: A Critical Reassessment


This is pretty much classic Cutler, although it's not quite as hilarious as when he screamed a certain four-letter expletive at former offensive coordinator Mike Martz last season. I'm sure this will be used as more ammo for the Cutler bashers, but it's probably not much of an issue. Guys get frustrated sometimes on the sideline. It just so happens that Cutler seems to have a rather jerky way of expressing his frustrations. He may be a bit of a jerk, but he's the Bears' jerk.


Bears lead Cowboys 10-7 at half

The Chicago Bears head into halftime with a 10-7 lead over the Dallas Cowboys after a late second quarter touchdown by Cowboys wide receiver by Miles Austin cut into a 10-0 Bears lead.

The game was scoreless for the majority of the half before Robbie Gould's 43-yard field goal with 4:21 left broke the tie. The field goal capped a 13-play drive that spanned over seven minutes.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Bears, picking off Tony Romo and returning it 25 yards for a score with 2:46 remaining in the opening half. It's the second straight week the Bears' defense has put points on the board, as Major Wright returned an interception for a score in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams.


Besides the interception, Romo has had some success against the Bears defense, completing 17-of-21 passes for 168 yards and the touchdown to Austin. But in the typical fashion of Lovie Smith's defense, the Bears have managed to limit the damage on the scoreboard.


Bears and Cowboys scoreless after first quarter

The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys are locked in a scoreless tie after one quarter at Cowboys Stadium.

Bears running back Matt Forte returned to action after missing last week's win over the St. Louis Rams, but he limped off the field after one play. Forte was quickly attended to by trainers and had his ankle re-taped before returning to the field.

In Forte's stead, Michael Bush had three rushes for 11 yards and also caught one pass for eight yards. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 5-of-7 passes in the quarter, but the five completions totaled just 22 yards. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught one pass for 13 yards.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went 5-of-6 passing for 50 yards in the frame. Romo drove the Cowboys into Bears territory on Dallas' opening possession, but the threat was snuffed out thanks to a sack by Henry Melton. The sack was Melton's fourth of the season.


SB Nation Chicago roundtable: Bears vs. Cowboys

SB Nation Chicago got together to talk about the Bears' Monday night meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.


Matt Forte will be game-time decision for MNF

The Chicago Bears will decide at Cowboys Stadium whether Matt Forte can go on Monday night.


Fantasy Football: Michael Bush could shine

Fantasy football owners would be wise to start Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.


Rob Ryan takes no credit for Cowboys' top-ranked D

Monday's showdown between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys will feature one of the league's lowest-rated offensives trying to carve up the top-ranked defense. That No. 1 spot belongs to the Cowboys, who are very proud of their top-ranked unit, says defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (via's Todd Archer).

"It’s going to be big if we can get it after 16 weeks, that would be good," Ryan said. "We’re happy where we are. The guys have been working hard. We're not ashamed of being No. 1, that’s where you want to be."

Dallas' defensive success has been attributed to Ryan's schemes, which have stopped the likes of Russell Wilson, Josh Freeman and two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning. However, Ryan admits he has little to do with his team's production.

"I haven’t done anything," Ryan said. "I think all of our players and coaches have. We’re working hard. Look, we want to have a great defense and that’s the way it is. We’re excited where we are but more excited about where we’re going."


Jay Culter enjoys facing Cowboys' DC Rob Ryan

Jay Culter is excited for Monday night's challenge of playing against a Rob Ryan defense.


Cutler struggling on deep passes

Despite the addition of star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has not been successful throwing the ball down the field so far this season.


Bears vs Cowboys: Romo confident in offensive line

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo gave his oft-criticized offensive line a vote of confidence Friday heading into Monday's matchup against the Chicago Bears.


Devin Hester says he's not getting enough touches

Chicago Bears wide receiver doesn't think he's getting enough touches on offense.


Bears vs. Cowboys: Michael Bush should play Monday

Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush suffered a shoulder injury while filling in for Matt Forte during the team's Week 3 win over the St. Louis Rams, but Bush felt well enough that he wasn't even listed on Thursdays injury report and now he is expecting to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Bush told ESPN Chicago "I'm always ready" when asked if he would be able to step in for Matt Forte, but he also added that he thinks Forte will play as well.

Bush has performed well for the Bears so far in 2012, rushing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Even if Forte (ankle) is ready to go, Bush should still see carries because Mike Tice could be looking to shift pressure away from Jay Cutler and J'Marcus Webb in the passing game. The Bears were worried about the running back situation earlier in the week, because they held tryouts with Ryan Grant and Jacob Hester. Neither player signed with the team, so Kahlil Bell and Lorenzo Booker are the next men in line on the depth chart.


Evan Rodriguez won't play vs. Cowboys in Week 4

Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez will not play in the team's Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys due to a knee injury he suffered against the Rams last Sunday.


Jay Cutler gets testy with reporters

Jay Cutler showed frustration with some questions asked of him on Thursday.


Bears Vs. Cowboys: A Look Ahead To Week 4

The Bears and Cowboys may have different worldviews, but their on-field similarities are too stark to ignore. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell is expecting a game characterized by quarterbacks under siege.


Gerald Sensabaugh expects to be back against Bears

The Chicago Bears likely won't get to see the Dallas Cowboys without safety Gerald Sensabaugh on Monday Night Football. ESPN reports that Sensabaugh said he expects to play in the Week 4 matchup, after missing last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I hate missing games," said Sensabaugh, who participated fully in Wednesday's walk-through.

The Wednesday practice is generally much lighter than others, so when official practice participation reports come out on Thursday and Friday, a clearer picture of where Sensabaugh is at will be had. He's only missed two games in his four seasons with Dallas, and played in 45 consecutive games before being replaced by Danny McCray in the lineup on Sunday.

Barry Church, the starting free safety, suffered a season-ending torn Achilles last week, while rookie Matt Johnson is still recovering from injuries to his back and hamstring. That means Sensabaugh will be joiining McCray and Mana Silva as the only three active safeties if he really is ready to go on Monday. The extra day should help out, especially given that there was always a chance that Sensabaugh would play against Tampa Bay.


Robbie Gould nears NFL record

Robbie Gould is nearing the NFL record for consecutive field goals of 50-plus yards.


Bears vs. Cowboys odds suggest a defensive battle

The Chicago Bears are slight underdogs heading into their Monday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.


Matt Forte returns to practice

Matt Forte returned to practice on Wednesday, and now expects to play on Monday night when the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys.


Rams center Rob Turner praises Brian Urlacher

After Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher spent nearly all of the preseason on the sidelines with a knee injury, it was fair to wonder if he would be able to play at the same level he has throughout his career. Through three games this season, Urlacher has been healthy and is currently third on the team in tackles.

St. Louis Rams center Robert Turner, who faced Urlacher this past Sunday and knows him from the University of New Mexico, said that Urlacher is still a vital part of Chicago's defense.

"I met him at school twice. He's getting older but he is still the leader of their defense whether he has lost a step or not. And whether he has truly lost a step or not, I think you may be able to tell that by the end of the season. He still makes plays. He's still their emotional leader.

(via Chicago Tribune)

Through three weeks, Urlacher has 14 tackles, including one for a loss, and two pass deflections.


Bears vs. Cowboys: The view from Dallas

Before the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys square off on Monday night, we got together with Tom Ryle from SB Nation Dallas to get an insider's perspective on Big D.


The Bears lead the NFL in sacks this season

The Chicago Bears have already amassed 14 sacks this season -- the most for the team through three games since 1987 -- and the Bears are hoping they can stay atop the standings in that category. It might not be quite as easy to get to Tony Romo, but Chicago's defense has shown that it's ready to pressure quarterbacks this year.

The Bears are two sacks ahead of every other team in the NFL and a whopping four sacks ahead of the Seattle Seahawks, a surprising statistic for those who were able to watch this week's Monday Night Football game.

Defensive end Julius Peppers says that the reason Chicago is so far ahead of everyone else, though, is due to the depth that the Bears have on the defensive side of the football.

"It's been good. It's been good," defensive end Julius Peppers said before amending his evaluation. "It's been OK. I probably said it about 50 times already but we have a little bit more depth. Guys got better since last year, we have a good rotation that keeps us fresh and the end result is shown in the stats."

Eight different Bears players have at least one sack this season and, although it helps that the team was able to get to St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford six times, there's no indication that Chicago's sack-masters are going to slow down anytime soon.


Forte likely out for Bears MNF game vs. Dallas

The Chicago Bears will likely be without RB Matt Forte again this week and have brought in Ryan Grant for workouts as they prepare for the Dallas Cowboys.


Jay Cutler defends Mike Tice

The Bears are not winning style points, but they are winning games.


Bears Offensive Line Holds Up In Win Over Rams

One week after a rough outing against the Green Bay Packers, the much-maligned Chicago Bears offensive line bounced back in a 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked just twice and praised the line's improvement (via ESPN Chicago):

"The line played well," Cutler said. "They had a little edge to them. You go into a game and you're up in the third and fourth quarter and know you're going to run the ball. Those guys came in when I needed it and opened up some holes. I thought the line played well."

Cutler also singled out the play of left guard Chilo Rachal, who made his first start of the season in place of Chris Spencer. Rachal himself spoke highly of left tackle J'Marcus Webb, who struggled mightily against the Packers in Week 2 and was openly criticized by Cutler during that game.

While the Bears' offensive line still has a lot of work to do, this performance was a step in the right direction after the seven-sack disaster against Green Bay.

For more on the Bears, be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. For additional pro football coverage, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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