Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears have all the earmarks of being finding their sweet spot, regardless of whether it may be past the point where it is possible to rescue their season.
Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in Chicago's 31-24 triumph over Dak Prescott and the drooping Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.
In a matchup between disappointing groups that made the end of the season games last season, the Bears (7-6) left away with their fourth dominate in five matches in the wake of dropping four out of a line. The Cowboys (6-7) have lost seven of 10 since a 3-0 beginning.
I think it shows we're resilient,? Trubisky said. ?We stick together. We believe in each other even when nobody else believes in us. It's a special group in that locker room. We just want to keep this feeling going.?
Trubisky shook off an early block attempt close to the objective line to finish 23 of 31 goes for 244 yards. He coordinated a season high for touchdown tosses and set one with 63 yards hurrying. That incorporated a 23-yard scoring run right off the bat in the final quarter to make it 31-14.
Allen Robinson got two TD passes and Anthony Miller had one as Chicago tied a season scoring high.
On defense, Khalil Mack had a sack yet l inebacker Roquan Smith left the game with pectoral damage on the opening drive, with mentor Matt Nagy saying it doesn't look real good for him. Still, the Bears took out the NFC East pioneers in the wake of beating the battling Detroit Lions twice and New York Giants as of late.
Most teams at some point in time will hit some type of adversity,? Nagy said. ?We went through that four-game stretch. It was difficult in a lot of different ways. ? Everybody's seeing what type of people we have on this football team. No one's flinched. We've pulled together. We've become even tighter.?
Confronting a best 10 protection for the third week straight, the Cowboys indeed couldn't get their powerful offense going.
I can't put a finger on it, said Prescott, the NFL's passing chief. I wish I could right now. If I could we wouldn't be in this situation, we would be getting over this and out of this slump, but that's the most frustrating part, we have the skill level, we have the players, we have the chemistry at times, But we're not playing together as a team, complementary enough when we need to, and we need to figure it out.?
Prescott was 27 of 49 for 334 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 81 yards ? his fifth straight game under 100 ? and two scores.
Michael Gallup had 109 yards accepting. Amari Cooper got six goes for 83 yards and a touchdown, however the Cowboys lost their third straight. They lead Philadelphia by a half-game in the division.
I know we have the right pieces in place, right players, right talent. Just about doing it instead of talking about it, Cooper said.
Kept out of the end zone in a 13-9 misfortune at New England two weeks prior and afterward held to two touchdowns in falling 26-15 to Buffalo on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys went 75 yards for a score on the game's opening belonging. Elliott thrusted in from the 2 to top a 17-play drive.
Jourdan Lewis at that point captured Trubisky's go with a slick play close to one side arch, hauling his left foot. He was at first controlled outside the field of play, yet the call was upset by a replay audit.
In any case, it was all Bears after that.
Chicago tied it from the get-go in the second quarter when Trubisky hit Robinson with a 5-yard pass and took a 10-7 lead on a 36-yard field objective by Eddy Piñeiro. Dallas' Brett Maher then missed a 42-yarder wide right. Chicago added to the lead in the end seconds of the half with Trubisky's 8-yard go to Robinson, and Miller's 14-yarder in the third made it every minute of every day.
I think we stayed ahead of the chains, we scored early, we were able to get the run game going, Robinson said. All aspects of our offense were working today. We were able to keep them off balance.?
Maher is 20 for 30 on field objectives this season in the wake of going 1 of 2. The 10 misses are more than some other NFL kicker has had in a season the previous four years.
Cowboys: WR Cedric Wilson stuck his left leg attempting to get a long go in the end minute. ? LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck), NT Antwaun Woods (knee) and S Jeff Heath (shoulder) were idle.
Bears: WR Javon Wims (knee) strolled off cautiously in the end seconds of the primary half after an ungainly arriving as he attempted to make a jumping get at last zone. CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) was idle in the wake of being recorded as far fetched. WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), TE Ben Braunecker (concussion) and RT Bobby Massie (ankle) all missed their subsequent straight game.