So much for the idea that Josh McCown can’t score enough points. McCown was better than ever — 27-for-36 for 348 yards, 4 TDs for a 141.9 rating. He added a 7-yard TD on a scramble and scrambled for a key first down.
RUNNING BACKS (A)
Matt Forte (20-102) and Michael Bush (8-39) combined for 141 yards on 28 carries. Forte added 6 catches for 60 yards. Bush had a 17-yard TD catch.
WIDE RECEIVERS (A)
Alshon Jeffery (5-84, all in the first half) took another step toward the Pro Bowl with a great TD catch. Brandon Marshall added 6 catches for 100 yards as the Bears had seven players with at least one catch of 10 yards or more.
OFFENSIVE LINE (A)
The Bears had 490 yards of total offense, averaged 7.1 yards per play and 4.7 yards per rush. There were a couple of penalties, but no serious mishaps, as Josh McCown threw for more than 300 yards and was sacked once.
DEFENSIVE LINE (C+)
DT Jeremiah Ratliff made his first start and stopped DeMarco Murray for no gain — a big deal with this run defense — and added a sack. Overall, the line didn’t seem to make an impact until the “O” put Tony Romo & Co. under the gun.
James Anderson had a sack that led to an early punt, but rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene struggled on run defense until the offense took over the game.
DEFENSIVE BACKS (B-)
CB Tim Jennings was beaten for a 2-yard TD by Dez Bryant, but there wasn’t much he could do on the well-executed play. The Cowboys had only two pass plays longer than 11 yards until the game was out of reach.
SPECIAL TEAMS (B-)
Devin Hester had a 19-yard punt return. The Bears allowed a 43-yard KO return by Dwayne Harris, but the coverage teams otherwise were solid. Robbie Gould was 3-for-3 on FGs.
The Marc Trestman formula worked in all its glory — an efficient, productive offense covering up for a shaky defense early, then turning the opponent into a one-dimensional team the defense can handle.