6. The defense continues to struggle against the run
In a defense that has been one of the best in the league, they are still not quite perfect. Against one of the premier rushing attacks in the league, the Cowboy defense struggled to contain the run, yet again.
Going into the week, the defense had allowed 4.4 yards per carry. After Sunday, that number will grow after surrendering 240 yards on the ground on 43 attempts, allowing 5.6 yards per attempt and two touchdowns.
The three-headed ground unit of quarterback Justin Fields and running backs Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery had their way with the Cowboys’ defense. The Bears’ run game is something they lean on heavily, and they were able to succeed in that aspect on Sunday, opening things up in the passing game as well.
We saw, in a more extreme manner, how bad this defense can be. Stopping the run is a huge issue, and if the offense can’t get going and they get down early, the team could be in big trouble due to not being able to contain the run. The team did add Johnathan Hankins in a trade, but he wasn’t a major difference-maker against the Bears.