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Week 14 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 24, Chicago Bears 31


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Dallas Cowboys

A poor-tackling and missed turnover opportunities from the Dallas defense were heavy contributors to a clunky Dallas loss in Chicago. The offense disappeared in the middle two quarters of the game with pocket pressure and untimely sacks but rebounded with Dak Prescott posting several impressive throws and two scoring drives to force an onside kick in the closing seconds and potential hail mary heave. Ezekiel Elliott was a steady chain-mover on their long touchdown drive to open the game but was rarely involved until deep in the second half as Dallas struggled to extend drives.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys in week 14 behind a strong performance from Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky threw two touchdown passes to Allen Robinson and a third to Anthony Miller. He also ran in a touchdown in a game when he ran more frequently than he had in prior games. David Montgomery lead the team in carries but left the game in the second half with a leg injury.

Dallas Cowboys

QB Dak Prescott, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 49 - 334 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 1 - 0
A poor-tackling and missed turnover opportunities from the Dallas defense were heavy contributors to a clunky Dallas loss in Chicago. The offense disappeared in the middle two quarters of the game with pocket pressure and untimely sacks but rebounded with Dak Prescott posting several impressive throws and two scoring drives to force an onside kick in the closing seconds and potential hail mary heave. Ezekiel Elliott was a steady chain-mover on their long touchdown drive to open the game but was rarely involved until deep in the second half as Dallas struggled to extend drives.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 72 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 81 - 2, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (5 targets)
After back-to-back touchdown-less games, Elliott powered in for two goal line scores against Chicago. However, Elliott was sparsely involved for the middle two quarters of the game, mirroring Dallasí offensive struggles overall to sustain drives. Elliott also was not involved in the passing game as he stayed in to pass protect regularly and added a drop before finally corralling a reception in the mid-fourth quarter. Elliott was the Dallas engine on an impressive opening drive touchdown, eating up nine minutes of clock. Elliott surpassed 1,400 total yards on the season and sits at 10 total touchdowns entering the final three weeks of 2019.

WR Michael Gallup, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 109 - 0 (10 targets)
Gallup led Dallas in targets and receiving yards in the road loss at Chicago. Gallup dropped two additional targets, which would have pushed his yardage total to 130 or more on the day. Gallup absorbed a big hit on a third-and-long slant to convert and corralled two key receptions over the middle in the fourth quarter, both impressive plays by Dak Prescott, as Dallas stayed alive. Gallup is a strong bet to eclipse 1,000 yards in his second season with three games to play.

WR Amari Cooper, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 83 - 1 (8 targets)
Cooper did not get on the board with catch until the mid-second quarter, snaring a low slant target for more than 15 yards. Cooperís highlight came in Dallasí comeback effort in the fourth quarter, beating a defensive back down the sideline, hauling in a perfect drop-in-the-bucket throw from Dak Prescott for the long touchdown. Cooper added another chunk sideline reception for more than 25 yards in the game as he surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.

WR Randall Cobb, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 43 - 0 (5 targets)
Cobb was fifth on the team in targets against Chicago and was stuck on one reception until late in the game. Cobb hauled in a contested reception in the closing seconds for more than 30 yards to augment his otherwise muted role to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and others. Cobb has yet to see more than eight targets in a game this season.

TE Blake Jarwin, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 50 - 0 (7 targets)
Jarwin posted a season-high 50 yards against Chicago, adding a deep element to Jason Wittenís possession game in Dallasí passing game. Jarwin hauled in a low grab on a deep out plus added a high point on third-and-long, both on Dallasí impressive long touchdown drive to open the game. Jarwin had another deep opportunity but was overthrown by Dak Prescott. Jarwin added two late-fourth quarter receptions to pad his stat line.

TE Jason Witten, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)
Witten saw a hearty seven targets against the Bears, but only found after-the-catch room on one reception, gaining nearly 15 yards. Wittenís hitch and quick out routes were most of his involvement and he was tackled immediately.


Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 31 - 244 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 10 - 63 - 1
Mitchell Trubisky had one of the best days of his career on Thursday night against the Cowboys. Trubisky played well and benefitted from a poor defensive performance by the Cowboys. Trubisky was successful last season running the football but he has rarely run this season and when he has, he looked tentative. That all changed against the Cowboys. Trubisky ran with confidence including three scrambles for third down conversions in addition to a zone read keeper for a touchdown where he ran aggressively through contact. Trubisky also threw three touchdowns, including two to Allen Robinson and a third to Anthony Miller on a screen pass. Trubisky did throw a bad interception on the first offensive drive of the game, but bounced back with a strong performance, which is notable as Trubisky has lacked confidence this season. He will get a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.

RB David Montgomery, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 86 - 0 (1 targets)
David Montgomery had a strong performance on Thursday against the Cowboys. Montgomery ran hard on the interior throughout the game but was held without a reception and saw no goal line work. With Tarik Cohen the primary receiving back in the offense, Montgomery needs to score a touchdown or get a game with his own receiving production to produce an impactful game. Montgomery left the game late with a leg injury so his status is important to watch before a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.

RB Tarik Cohen, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0, Rec: 6 - 24 - 0 (6 targets)
Tarik Cohen caught all six of his targets against the Cowboys in week 14. Cohenís receptions were all short and of the empty yardage variety. Cohen saw three carries, including early in the game, but was out carried by David Montgomery 20 to 3. Cohen will have a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.

WR Allen Robinson, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 2 (8 targets)
Allen Robinson had a strong performance against the Cowboys in week 14. Robinson caught two early touchdowns. The first was on a slant and the second was a contested catch up the seam in the red zone where he caught the ball through a Dallas defender. Robinson also had a catch in traffic, and drew a defensive pass interference penalty and a defensive holding in the red zone. Robinson gets a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.

WR Anthony Miller, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 1 (4 targets)
Anthony Miller had another good fantasy performance against the Cowboys in week 14, with a touchdown on a screen pass. Miller was explosive after the catch on the play and set up his blockers well. He had another reception with a run after the catch, but had another catch called back by penalty and had a drop. Miller has struggled with drops in recent weeks and will look to rebound in week 14 against the Packers.

TE J.P. Holtz, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (3 targets)
J.P. Holtz led the Bears in receiving against the Cowboys in week 14. All of his production was early in the game, with a short catch over the middle, a chunk play down the seam and a screen with a big run after the catch. Holtz is the last man standing at the position for the Bears, but does not project as a predictable fantasy option.