Sunday night’s matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys will be far from a star-studded affair. Both teams will be without the services of their starting quarterbacks for the next several weeks. Tony Romo’s injury from the preseason has been well documented, but now Chicago will have to deal with life without Jay Cutler for the next 2-3 weeks.
Cutler, who sprained his thumb in the Bears’ 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, left the game after a third quarter interception. The Bears will turn to journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer, who finished up the contest for Cutler going 9 of 12 for 78 yards.
While Chicago will wait to see what they have in Hoyer, Dallas may have got a glimpse into the future with the performance of Dak Prescott Sunday in Washington. Prescott went 22 of 30 for 292 yards and scored his first career touchdown with a 6 yard scamper in the third quarter.
“We’ve had some adversity; he’s handled that well,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett after the game. “I think he’s an excellent decision-maker, you feel good about where he is in all aspects of his game.”
Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott led the Dallas ground game with 83 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Ball security was an issue with Elliot last Sunday, as he had 2 fumbles, losing one of them.
“He fundamentally carries the ball really sound,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “He carries it up against him, if you asked the question: Is he very sound in the way he holds the football? He is.”
Elliott was pulled late for former Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who burned his former teammates with the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Jones was asked if Elliott’s fumbling would cost the first round draft pick any playing time in the future.
“No. They will not, at all, he does a good job of finishing, which means he’s trying to give the tacklers more than he’s getting in terms of how you absorb hits. All of that makes him a sound ball carrier fumbling wise.”
Chicago will look to counter the Cowboys’ rookies with a healthy dose of former South Carolina All-American Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery is averaging 100 receiving yards a game through 2 contests but has yet to find the endzone. The St. Matthews, SC native currently ranks 8th in the NFL in reception yardage.
Prediction Time: The Dallas defense forces Hoyer into several bad throws, one of which ends in a pick-6 for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott continues his impressive rookie season, as he throws his first and second career touchdown passes, and the Cowboys roll 27-13.