The Cowboys suffered their third straight loss against the Bears on Thursday night.
The first two drives of the game suggested the outcome would be a bloodbath in favor of Dallas. Instead, quarterback Mitch Trubisky was able to right the ship after an early interception and led the Bears to a 31-24 victory.
Trubisky scored a total of four touchdowns, two of which went to receiver Allen Robinson. Meanwhile, Dak Prescott struggled until garbage time, though Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup were all able to come away with strong fantasy stats.
The Cowboys drop to 6-7, still atop the NFC East, and the Bears move to 7-6 on the season.
Here are five things you need to know for fantasy football:
1. Mitch Trubisky explodes for four touchdowns
Trubisky was near-perfect after an initial misstep on the Bears’ first possession. He was intercepted by cornerback Jourdan Lewis on a pass intended for receiver Javon Wims at Dallas’ 1-yard line. Wims later exited the game with a knee injury and did not return.
This is Trubisky’s second straight game with three passing touchdowns. He also completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 244 yards and an interception and tacked on 10 carries for 63 yards and a rushing touchdown. This is easily Trubisky’s best game all year, and while he is still looming in QB2 territory, his hot streak bodes well for the rest of the Chicago offense.
2. Accuracy woes plague Dak Prescott in loss
Prescott came out hot as the Cowboys marched down the field in a nine-minute opening drive. Elliott scored a touchdown, and things went downhill from there.
The Cowboys were unable to capitalize on an early Trubisky turnover and went three-and-out in consecutive possessions while gaining a total of six yards. Prescott has attempted at least 46 passes in four of the last five games, and the Cowboys are 1-4 during that stretch. He finished with 27 completions on 49 attempts for 334 yards and one garbage-time touchdown.
3. Allen Robinson reels in a pair of touchdowns
Robinson caught two touchdowns in the first half and has now scored in three straight games. The first came with 12:13 remaining in the half on a 5-yard pass. The second score came immediately after Wims was injured with 10 seconds left on an 8-yard pass. He also caught five of eight targets for 48 yards and will try to keep capitalizing on Trubisky’s hot hand in Week 15 against the Packers.
4. Ezekiel Elliot comes through with two scores
There are few things you can count on more than death, taxes and Elliott putting up solid fantasy production. He had 19 attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 12 yards on Thursday night. Both scores were from two yards out.
Elliott leads the league with 246 rushing attempts this year. He has either scored or posted at least 100 offensive yards in 12 of 13 games played this year.
5. Cowboys receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup have performant evenings in spite of quarterback struggles
Cooper drew heavy coverage from the Bears’ defense and still appears to be battling a lingering knee injury. He salvaged his evening by scoring a touchdown with 4:29 remaining in the game while trailing 31-14. He also caught six of eight targets for 83 yards. Temper expectations for Week 15 — Cooper will likely draw shadow coverage from Rams’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey, which could mean a down week for fantasy.
Gallup caught six of ten passes for 109 yards, making it his fourth game this year above the 100-yard mark. He could see an increased target share with Cooper getting the Ramsey treatment next week.