By Mark Potash
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jay Cutler took advantage of a greedy Dallas Cowboys defense and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen as the Bears took a 10-7 lead over the Cowboys after the first quarter Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
Cutler was under siege throughout the quarter as the Cowboys pass rush dominated the game, with linebacker DeMarcus Ware spending more time in the Bears backfield than Matt Forte. Constantly running for his life, Cutler was 2-of-4 for five yards as the Cowboys took a 7-3 on rookie Dez Bryant's 62-yard punt return with 2:44 left in the quarter.
To make matters even worse, starting left tackle Chris Williams suffered a hamstring injury on the Bears' first series that put him out for the game.
Unable to protect Cutler, the Bears responded by calling quick passes. A swing pass to Chester Taylor gained zero yards. But a quick-hitter to Devin Hester over the middle gained 19 yards to te 39. On the next play, Cutler beat a Cowboys blitz with a quick pass to a wide-open Olsen at the 30. With plenty of room, Olsen easily beat the Dallas defense to the end zone for a 10-7 lead with 1:09 to play in the quarter.
The Bears turned D.J. Moore interception into a field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead. Toy Romo's pass for MIles Austin was broken up by Charles Tillman and the ball deflected to Moore, who retured the pick 19 yards to the Dallas 23. The Bears offense stalled and Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead.