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The Week Ahead: Bears prep to host Cowboys


Three days after their 24-20 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving in Detroit, the Bears returned to the practice field Sunday to continue preparing for Thursday night's home game against the Cowboys.

With the Bears playing on back-to-back Thursdays, they will conduct a regular practice week, working out at Halas Hall Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

The Bears (6-6) have won two straight and three of four since a four-game losing streak. They rallied from deficits of 17-7 and 20-17 to beat the Lions behind quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who had his best game of the season.

Trubisky completed 29 of 38 passes for 338 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a 118.1 passer rating. After throwing a third-quarter interception, he connected on 10 of 11 passes for 165 yards with two TDs and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on the Bears' final three possessions.

The Cowboys (6-6) have lost two straight and six of nine since opening the season 3-0. They are 6-0 when scoring 31 or more points and 0-3 when held under that total. The Cowboys lost to the Bills 26-15 on Thanksgiving in Dallas.

Series history
The Bears trail the all-time series with the Cowboys 15-11 and have lost two straight. The Bears lost the last meeting 31-17 on Sept. 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The Cowboys scored three touchdowns and a field goal on their first four possessions to take a 24-3 lead in the Sunday night contest.

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries. Tight end Zach Miller scored both Bears touchdowns on receptions of 2 and 6 yards from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who started in place of the injured Jay Cutler.

Talk show
Bears coach Matt Nagy will address the media Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Trubisky will speak Sunday, while offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will conduct press conferences Monday.

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