Cowboys look for answers after loss in Chicago

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with reporters after his team's loss to the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2013.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 7:11 PM

IRVING — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to remember if his team ever made a defensive stop against the Bears Monday night.

"Did we ever stop them one time tonight?" Jones asked reporters after the game. "Didn't they score every time? Yeah, they scored every time."

The Cowboys' defense certainly showed why they're ranked dead-last in the league, providing no pressure on backup Chicago quarterback Josh McCown.

“We really didn't do a very good job making any stops on defense,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said.

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware did have one sack, but there were no turnovers as the Bears had a success rate of 73 percent on third down conversions.

“We've got to take more risks and try to get more turnovers and give us a chance to get some possessions,” Jones said.

Which won't help much when you consider that the Cowboys are giving up 6.2 yards per play, second only to San Diego at 6.3.

“We didn't play very well on defense; there is no question about that. You give them credit again we need to make the corrections.”

Just like the Denver game in week five, Chicago never punted because the Bears were never stopped. The only time they didn't score is when McCown downed the ball with six seconds left in the game.

There have been three games in the NFL this year where a team didn't punt, and two of them have come against the Cowboys.

Dallas will host Green Bay at AT&T Stadium next weekend. The Cowboys' final three games are all conference games — including two against division rivals Washington and Philadelphia. Those games will decide whether Dallas makes the playoffs or not.

“We want to win out and control our own destiny, and that's just the bottom line,’ Ware said. “You don't want to lose any games.”

“It’s our back against the wall — not kinda sort of, you know, it’s a sense of urgency,” Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “We got to win out.”

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