In order to pull off the upset though, some sort of run game will need to get going. Dak Prescott, the third-stringer when training camp started, is filling in for Tony Romo after the 36-year-old's fourth back injury in less than four years.
Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of past year, when they finished 4-12. "I let the playmakers. go make plays and make my job go a little bit smoother". Romo is not, nor will he ever be the same QB that has led the Cowboys to countless victories. But Romo has missed seven of them, and he didn't finish the other one. "I have high expectations for myself", he said.
Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards with a pair of touchdowns to tight end Zach Miller, but most of it was too late.
Hicks must lead, Will Sutton will have to be Superman stepping in on the nose, and some combination of Jonathan Anderson, Nick Kwiatkowski and, perhaps, Christian Jones will have to play the games of their lives stepping in for Danny Trevathan at inside linebacker. Another playmaker who could bring some excitement to watching the Bears is Eddie Royal, who last week (65-yard PR TD) became one only three players in the National Football League with 25-plus receiving touchdowns, three punt return touchdowns, and one kickoff return touchdown. It didn't change Bryant's approach to his rookie quarterback. "These guys give me all the confidence in the world", said Prescott after completing 19-of-24 passes for 248 yards and his first touchdown pass.
Prescott claps after a frist down against the Bears on September 25, 2016. Chicago getting behind in games didn't help. I do think they'll win by a comfortable margin though: 31-17.
DAK IN PRIME TIME: Prescott gets his first prime-time start, and perhaps his only one for a couple of years if Romo has recovered from the broken bone in his back for Dallas' next Sunday night game October 30 against Philadelphia, also at home.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.