1. Getting Zeke’d
Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott had the first 100-yard rushing game of his promising career Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
The Bears simply had no answer for Elliott, who gave fans a late highlight by leaping over safety Chris Prosinski in the fourth quarter.
It helps to run behind the Cowboys’ strong offensive line and also that the Bears were missing linebacker Danny Trevathan (thumb surgery) and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (high-ankle sprain). At times, Elliott had gaping holes to run through
But Elliott (30 carries, 140 yards) is a special talent. He was due for a big game, and the Bears were the perfect opponent.
The Bears loved Elliott coming out of Ohio State. He’s a patient and powerful runner, who sets up his blocks and makes decisive cuts.
2. Getting Beasley’ed
Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant had a quiet night before his fourth-quarter touchdown. But the Bears had major problems containing slot receiver Cole Beasley, who is listed at 5-8 and 180 pounds.
Beasley had seven catches for 73 yards, including a long of 29 yards that set up Lance Dunbar’s one-yard touchdown run.
Beasley’s speed and quickness made for mismatches in many situations. It also made for easy reads before the snap for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
Similar to Trevathan and Goldman’s absences, it didn’t help that the Bears were missing nickel back Bryce Callahan (concussion).
3. Zach finally attacks
After two quiet games against the Texans and Eagles, Zach Miller came through with a game worthy of his No. 1 tight end label, even if it came with the Bears behind and needing to pass.
The Bears need Miller to be a big part of their offense, and he was quarterback Brian Hoyer’s best option against the Cowboys. He made eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.