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10 Players to Watch: Cowboys at Bears on Thursday

In their own words, here are five Bears and five Cowboys to watch Thursday night when the Bears host the Cowboys at Soldier Field.

BEARS

QB Jay Cutler: “There’s no one out there who can drop back 40-50 times consistently and win football games. It’s really hard.”

RB Matt Forte: “I trust our offensive line and those guys want to run the ball, too. I know they were upset about the outcome of last week.”

LB Jon Bostic: “He’s just got to continue to grow and like a lot of our young guys just get better. But he’s becoming very productive in there.” – coach Marc Trestman

LB Christian Jones: “He’s got a lot more experience and he knows the defense and he knows what we’re asking him to do.” — defensive coordinator Mel Tucker

CB Kyle Fuller: “He was in a lot of one-on-one situations [against the Lions last week]. Each and every week that we play, there are really good players to go against.” — Tucker

COWBOYS

QB Tony Romo: “More than anything, it’s a time to start playing your best football and our football team needs to understand the sense of urgency is now.” (Dallas Morning News)

RB DeMarco Murray: “He’s got a great line. He’s got great structure. He’s got speed and power. He’s got it all. And we’ve seen that almost each and every week with the productivity that he’s had.” — Trestman

WR Dez Bryant: “Very explosive athlete. Hyper-competitive. Strong to the ball. He’s like a running back after the catch.” — Tucker

DT Henry Melton: “[Coming back to Soldier Field] will definitely be different. I’m excited to see some of my [former] teammates and coaches. It’s going to be good.”

LB Rolando McClain: “He’s good against the run. He’s good at slipping blocks and reading plays, as well. It was a great pickup for them once Sean Lee went down.” – offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer