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With starting defensive back, Prince Amukamara likely to miss this game with a hamstring injury...second year DB Kevin Toliver will be called on to make his second career start. While Kyle Fuller will certainly have his hands full with the Cowboys star receiver, Amari Cooper, Toliver may be tasked with defending another second year player that is on pace to break a thousand yards receiving this season. Can Gallup exploit the inexperienced DB or can Toliver show Chicago that Amukamara is replaceable?
CHARLES LENO vs ROBERT QUINN
The Bear offense will face off against a very good defensive front, which boasts five former Pro Bowlers as a part of its rotation. Quinn is leading the way with 9.5 sacks and is well on his way to his best season since his 2013 All-Pro effort with the Rams. The Bears’ offensive line only gave up one sack last week and was able to avoid some of the drive-crushing penalties that plagued the team most of the season. Leno still leads the team in penalties and cannot afford lose anymore yards for his offense. Can Leno keep his quarterback clean for another week?
ROQUAN SMITH vs EZEKIEL ELLIOTT
Smith has been stepping up his game as a run-stopper and in pass coverage since losing fellow linebacker Danny Trevathan to injury a few weeks back. He’s also emerged as a blitzing threat, getting two sacks last Thursday in Detroit. Smith will have his hands full as one of the league’s premier running backs comes to Soldier Field. Elliott will almost certainly cross 1,000 yards on the season in Chicago, given that he’s currently at 990. However, while Elliott remains in the top echelon of rushers, his rushing averages per play and per game are down from last season. The Bears have matched up favorably all year against elite running backs such as Dalvin Cook, Todd Gurley and Saquon Barkley. Can they keep the trend going under the Thursday Night Lights?
The Bears and Cowboys have played five times in the last ten seasons. The combined scores over those five games is Bears over Cowboys 151-138. That is the highest scoring, non-divisional, match-up for these two teams over that time period.
|Total First Downs||211||233|
|1st Downs (Rush-Pass-By Penalty)||55 - 130 - 26||63 - 145 - 25|
|3rd Down Conversions||49/156||55/159|
|4th Down Conversions||6/13||10/17|
|Total Offensive Yds||3381||3836|
|Offense (Plays-Avg Yds)||736 - 4.6||776 - 4.9|
|Total Rushing Yds||952||1170|
|Rushing (Plays-Avg Yards)||278 - 3.4||313 - 3.7|
|Total Passing Yds||2429||2666|
|Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Avg)||275 - 425 - 9 - 6.2||284 - 435 - 8 - 6.6|
|(Rush-Pass-Ret-Def)||6 - 16 - 1 - 1||10 - 13 - 0 - 0|
|Time of Possession||29:27||30:32|
Dear Sweet Mitchell
|RECEPTIONS||YARDS||YDS PER REC||LONG||TD|
|ATTEMPTS||YARDS||YDS PER ATT||LONG||TD|
|TOTAL TEAM SACKS||28|
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