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2mJeff Dickerson

Bears' rebuilding plan takes steps backward during 0-3 start

ARLINGTON, Texas. – After twenty-plus months on the job, veteran Bears coach John Fox’s ship is sinking fast. Not since the gloom-ridden days of Dave Wannstedt (1997-98) has the NFL’s charter franchise endured back-to-back winless Septembers.

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Sky advance without their star (0:57)
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Prescott proves he can excel running and throwing the ball (0:32)
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Elliott hurdles himself over 100 yards rushing (0:28)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs set a franchise record with their 57th home win in their final home game of the regular season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs win their 99th game with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis giving them 7 tries to win No. 100 for the first time since 1935. Jon Lester improved to 19-4 pitching his league leading 24th game giving up fewer than 3 runs. He gave up zero in 6.2 innings.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears TE Zach Miller up to 78 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions (nine targets). Fantasy owners getting some late night production here.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott threw his first career TD pass on the slant route to Dez Bryant. But the play started with Bryant's release. He put in some work with the quick outside move to set up Bears CB Tracy Porter. That was pretty smooth. Bryant turned Porter around on that one. Cowboys up 31-10 in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears running back Jeremy Langford suffered an ankle injury and rode on a cart back to the locker room. The team says Langford's return is questionable. Rookie Jordan Howard has replaced Langford as the Bears' feature back.

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David Ross leaves game to standing ovation (0:21)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears get on the board in the second half with Brian Hoyer's 4th down TD pass to TE Zach Miller. An option route with Miller creating separation vs. Cowboys safety Byron Jones. Release up the field, collision the safety (which won't be called) and break outside. It's now 24-10 Cowboys in the third quarter.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester made another strong statement for the Cy Young award as he threw 6.2 scoreless innings against the Cardinals giving up just 3 hits and one walk while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 2.28 and needs to pitch just 2.1 innings in his final start to reach the coveted 200 innings; a key stat for his own self evaluation.

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Reversals of fortune for Miles, Vols and Irish highlight week 4 (1:32)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey is out for the rest of the game with a concussion. Rookie DL Jonathan Bullard is questionable to return with a foot injury.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have had distribution problems all season, which explains why their run differential has been better than their record. In September, it is exacerbated. They have scored 41 of their 88 runs in just four of their 23 games this month, including Saturday's 10-4 win here.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs final attendance for 2016 is their third highest ever: 3,232,430.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are 0 for 4 with men in scoring position off Jon Lester so far dropping his batting average against in that category since the all star break to .078. He's only used 78 pitches to get through 6 innings and meads 2-0.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Alshon Jeffery fantasy owners have to hope for the Bears to take some shots during the second half. Jeffery has only one catch for 22 yards (on one target). With Chicago down 24-3, it's time for Brian Hoyer test the top of the secondary. The Bears need to generate some explosive plays in this one.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears are evaluating safety Harold Jones-Quartey for a concussion.

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ROSS HOMER PUTS CUBS IN FRONT

David Ross smacks a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys offensive line is putting on a clinic up front. Can run inside zone all night. Lot of daylight there for RBs Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris. Cowboys up 24-3 late in the second quarter after Morris' touchdown run.

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Ross breaks scoreless game with HR (0:31)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Ross' curtain call

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

So far David Ross has two standing ovations and a curtain call as he plays his last reg season game at Wrigley Field. He just homered to put the Cubs up 1-0.