The Dallas Cowboys were embarrassed in their Thanksgiving showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, but before getting another crack at their division rivals next week, they must first take care of business against the Chicago Bears.
Dallas head on the road looking to amend what they hope was just a hiccup to end their two-game winning streak.
“No excuses,” Cowboys defensive tackle Jeremy Mincey said. “We just got to get better. Sometimes it’s good to get a good old fashioned butt-kicking to get you going again.”
Fortunately for Dallas, they’re on the road, where they’ve enjoyed unparalleled success this year. At 5-0 away from AT&T Stadium, they hold by far the league’s best road record and only unbeaten mark.
“I think, for me, I think that turns me on a little bit – to come into someone’s house and hear the boos and all that,” Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said. “I think it’s a great thing.”
After getting ripped apart by running back LeSean McCoy to the tune of 159 rushing yards in the loss to the Eagles, Dallas face a similarly tough challenge in containing Chicago’s Matt Forte.
The Bears’ versatile runner leads all backs in the league with 78 receptions and 650 receiving yards, making for a dangerous two-way weapon. “He’s almost half of their offense if you put it all together,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
“Very versatile, very productive, and they use him really well – similar to what Philly does in using their backs a lot of different ways.
“So you know I think teams who do this challenge you and you have to make sure to be on the screws in defending it.”
Though they’re essentially out of playoff contention in a rough season, Chicago have continued to play hard and have won two of their past three games.
“I think with the guys we have and character and integrity of the guys, I don’t think anybody’s going to quit,” quarterback Jay Cutler said. “I think the coaches won’t let us, they’re not going to quit on us.”
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