Chicago Bears: 5 Players who must shine vs. Cowboys in Week 14

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Chicago Bears cornerback Buster Skrine
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Buster Skrine, Cornerback

I could have chosen any or all of the starting cornerbacks in the Chicago Bears secondary. They didn’t have a good game on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions. You can blame it on the fact that they knew nothing about the Lions’ new quarterback, third-string David Blough. The Lions announced he would start the night before the game. Without knowing much, and with him playing fearlessly, the Bears’ secondary got burned a lot.

To be fair, the secondary did play better in the second half and made big plays down the stretch. Kyle Fuller made arguably the biggest play, making a shoestring tackle that prevented the Lions from scoring a touchdown late in the game with the game tied.

Prince Amukamara might not even play this week. He suffered a hamstring injury in the Lions game and hasn’t practiced at all this week. It doesn’t look like he’ll be there.

Buster Skrine will be important. I’m not sure Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott will challenge Fuller too much. The Bears might move Skrine over to the outside cornerback spot from his customary slot spot. Either that or they trust Kevin Toliver and/or Duke Shelley to take Amukamara’s position.

Skrine has had a fine 2019 season. He hasn’t committed the high number of penalties that marked his time with the New York Jets. He has only one, an offside penalty committed in Week 2 at Denver.

Skrine will be important to the defense this week. He needs to continue his good play to help out not only Fuller but also whoever replaces Amukamara if he is unable to go.