Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys vs. Bears preview: Quarterbacks give game a different look

The Dallas Cowboys are 1-1 with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and a no-name defense.

That’s news.

The Cowboys outlasted the Washington Redskins 27-23 for a big NFC East road win on Sunday.

The Cowboys flashed a little bit of everything against the Redskins that hints at the potential of a solid team.

Prescott has thrown 75 passes without an interception, the longest streak in NFL history over a player’s first two career games.

“It’s early, but at the end of the day we like this football team,” Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said.

The Cowboys still have some red zone issues on offense and there were some receivers running free through the Dallas secondary against Washington, but like Jones said, it’s early.

“I think offensively the key is we’ve got to turn some of these long drives that we’re possessing the football into touchdowns. I think everybody understands that, if we do that, then we’re probably sitting here at 2-0 and a little better situation,” Jones said. “But we’re moving the ball and we’re possessing the ball and as we all know, that’s one of the things that was one of our goals with the decisions that we made in the off-season was to possess the ball. I think we’re doing that, I don’t know what the final numbers were today, but we’re winning that battle.

“And on defense, we’ve just got to continue to play hard and make some plays and get the opportunities when they come to us.”

Next up for the Cowboys is the winless Chicago Bears on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.

The banged-up Bears are coming off a 29-14 Monday night loss at home against Philadelphia.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained thumb on his right throwing hand and will not play against the Cowboys. Brian Hoyer is expected to replace Cutler in the lineup.

Linebacker Lamarr Houston left the game with a left knee injury which was later diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Nose tackle Eddie Goldman injured his ankle and safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Bryce Callahan suffered concussions.

Here are some other notables about Sunday’s game:

▪  The Cowboys lead the series 14-11, including 7-5 in home games.

▪  Twelve of the 25 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.

▪  Dallas won the previous meeting 41-28 at Chicago on Dec. 4, 2014

▪  Due to the scheduling rotation, the Cowboys are playing teams from the NFC North this season, which includes the Bears, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota.

▪  Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has nine catches for 201 yards (22.3 average) this season and is one of only two players in the NFL to have at least 200 receiving yards and average more than 20 yards per catch.

▪  Bears wide receiver and return specialist Eddie Royal had a 65-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 2. Royal is one of only four active players with at least 25 receiving touchdowns (27), three punt-return touchdowns (3) and a kickoff-return score (1).

Statistical comparisons

 

Cowboys

Bears

Record

1-1

0-2

Scoring average

23

14

Opp. Scoring average

21.5

26

Total offense

354

271

Rushing

101.5

68.5

Passing

252.5

202.5

Total defense

374

312.0

Turnover margin

(+1)

(-3)

Penalties/yards

12-89

11-90

Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule

Sept. 11

Giants 20, Cowboys 19

Sept. 18

Cowboys 27, Redskins 23

Sept. 25

vs. Chicago

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Oct. 2

at San Francisco

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Oct. 9

vs. Cincinnati

3:25 p.m.

KTVT/11

Oct. 16

at Green Bay

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Oct. 23

Bye

Oct. 30

vs. Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Nov. 6

at Cleveland

Noon

KDFW/4

Nov. 13

at Pittsburgh

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Nov. 20

vs. Baltimore

Noon

KTVT/11

Nov. 24

vs. Washington

3:30 p.m.

KDFW/4

Dec. 1

at Minnesota

7:25 p.m.

KXAS/5, NFL Net.

and Twitter

Dec. 11

at NY Giants

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Dec. 18

vs. Tampa Bay

Noon

KDFW/4

Dec. 26

vs. Detroit

7:30 p.m.

ESPN

Jan. 1

at Philadelphia

Noon

KDFW/4

All games broadcast on KRLD/105.3 FM and KMVK/107.5 (Spanish)

*Time and television broadcast subject to change.

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