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CHI 17, DAL 7: Cowboys Defenseless, Maher Misses in First Half

The Cowboys had a rare interception by the defense but still gave up 17 points to the Bears in the first half. Their own offensive issues and more bad play at kicker have built a 17-7 halftime deficit on Thursday Night Football.

Chicago has 210 yards of offense and Mitch Trubisky has thrown a pair of touchdowns to Allen Robinson. Even a Jourdan Lewis interception to kill the Bears’ first drive hasn’t helped the Cowboys avoid another early-game disaster.

This should at least be a one-possession game, but Brett Maher missed from 42 yards and continues to be a total liability for Dallas.

Dallas scored the game’s first touchdown on a run by Ezekiel Elliott, who has had a strong outing thus far. Zeke has 72 rushing yards on just 12 carries, which is one yard more than his entire body of work last week against Buffalo.

It hasn’t been so good for Dak Prescott, who has completed just six of 13 passes for 60 yards. There has been no rhythm so far in the passing game, most glaringly evident when Prescott and fullback Jamize Olawale blew an easy third-down conversion by not being on the same page.

But the real problem right now is Dallas’ inability to slow down a usually weak Bears offense. They’re getting beat in every phase of the game, but a lack of defensive play-making outside of Lewis’ pick is killing the Cowboys right now.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. If I am Jerry Jones neither Garrett or Maher are on the flight back to Dallas. This is a not a team. It is a collection of players lacking any kind of direction. It is embarrassing to watch, and I can only hope that Jones has reached the end of his patience with the disaster that this season has become.

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