The Chicago Bears used journeyman Chase Daniel to beat the
Detroit Lions on Thursday, while the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans
Saints had familiar faces leading their respective teams to
wins.

Chicago travelled to Detroit for the first of three games and
outlasted the hosting Lions 23-16 behind two fourth-quarter
touchdowns. Daniel threw a career-high two scores while replacing
an injured Mitchell Trubisky. He finished 27-of-37 passing for 230
yards, also setting career highs in both categories.

The mistake-free game helped the Bears to their fifth
consecutive win to remain in control of the NFC North, but cost
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. He connected on 28 of his 38
passes for 236 yards, but had two interceptions late in the fourth
to cost Detroit the game.

The Cowboys were also able to take advantage of turnovers in
their 31-23 win over quarterback Colt McCoy and the Washington
Redskins. McCoy got his first start since 2014 and played well in
the first half. But, a few turnovers and a streaking Dallas offense
led by play caller Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper
overcame the veteran backup-turned-starter.

Another veteran led his team to a victory. Drew Brees threw four
touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons to cap
off the action and push their win streak to 10 straight games.
Brees got some help on the defensive end as New Orleans forced four
turnovers. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was able to recover one
fumble but lost another and threw an interception. Two other ball
carriers also fumbled and the Saints were there to scoop them
up.

Injury report

Bears running back Benny Cunningham left the game in the first
half with an ankle injury. Team-mate and cornerback Prince
Amukamara was evaluated on the sideline by Chicago’s medical staff
in the second half and later returned to the game.

Detroit center Graham Glasgow left the game briefly with an
undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter.

Adrian Peterson was listed as questionable when he was sent to
the Redskins’ locker room with a shoulder injury sustained at the
end of the first quarter. However, he quickly returned and was back
in the game for Washington’s first series of the second
quarter.

Washington left tackle Trent Williams briefly left the game in
the second half and was later transported to a local hospital after
the contest. He walked onto the ambulance under his own power, and
per reports told a team-mate he was OK. The Redskins announced the
trip to the hospital was for “precautionary reasons” after
reportedly being hit in the chest during the game.

By the numbers

The Bears’ defense is impressive, to say the least. They have
picked off opposing quarterbacks 20 times, the most out of any team
in the NFL, while allowing only 19 touchdown passes. One of the
latest snags was Eddie Jackson’s 41-yard pick-six.

Dallas have been desperate for big plays. The longest reception
Prescott completed before entering Thursday’s contest was a
64-yarder. Now, just add nearly 30 yards to that for not only the
longest completion of the season but of Prescott’s career – the
90-yard pass for a touchdown was also the longest reception of
Cooper’s career.

The last of the three games featured an NFL first: The most
matchups between any two quarterbacks since the merger in 1970 when
the Falcons’ Ryan and Saints’ Brees met for the 21st time.

Quotables

Bears quarterback Daniel impressed in his third career start and
his first in nearly four years, and earned high praise from
opposing coach Matt Patricia: “He knows that offense really well.
He’s a little bit of a different player obviously, but he’s still
athletic. He can still scramble. He’s got a good arm. He’s
accurate.”

The duo of Prescott and Cooper was impressive on Thursday, and
the third-year quarterback was quick to praise the two-time Pro
Bowl player after the game: “You saw it, as I said when you have a
great receiver like this – he makes the transition easier. You get
the ball out and you get it in his hands, he makes plays.”

Week 12 NFL scores

Thursday’s games

Chicago Bears 23, Detroit Lions 16
Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 23
New Orleans Saints 31, Atlanta Falcons 17

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