After such a disheartening 23-30 loss last Sunday in Minnesota, the Chicago Bears return home needing to get back on track.
Chicago (6-6) will need to get things going early on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) if they want to have a chance for the rest of the season.
Josh McCown has started the last five games. He's posted 350 passing yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating better than 100 in his last two outings.
Cowboys weapons DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant will likely be a handful as they've been nothing but great the last couple of weeks. Murray should be the biggest threat as the Bears' run defense is just pathetic.
Here are three things the Bears need to do in order to win their seventh game of the season on Monday.
Get Forte Going
Matt Forte compiled 151 yards last week in Minnesota. He's fifth in the league in yards (971), sixth in the rushing yards per game (80.9) and sixth in touchdowns (7). The Cowboys run defense is just as bad as the Bears this season with a large portion of injuries and disappointing play under Rod Marinelli. The Bears are better when Forte is involved. Get him involved and only good things will happen. Look for Forte to have a monster night on Monday night.
Bostic and Co. Need To Step Up
The linebacking core combined for 22 tackles, one sack and one stuff last week. Jon Bostic led the way with nine sacks and one sack. James Anderson had eight tackles, while Khaseem Greene had five tackles. The linebacking core needs to step up against Romo and the Boys. Murray is coming off a three touchdown performance on Thanksgiving. Bostic is still maturing and Greene is getting more opportunities. This is an important game for the linebackers, who need to stay in their gaps and play sound defense. If the Bears want a shot at the playoffs through the NFC North, these backers need to play better.
Give Jeffery and Marshall Plenty Of Targets
No. 15 and No. 17 combined for 24 targets last week in Minnesota. Marshall ranks fourth in the league in receptions (78) and sixth in touchdowns (9). Jeffery ranks fourth in the league in yards (1,109). Look for these two big receivers to be in line for a big game especially with Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne out of the lineup with a hamstring injury. Jeffery has done the damage on deep routes all over the field, while Marshall has been his best near the redzone as of late. Marshall and Jeffery will be too much for the Cowboys tomorrow night. Get them the ball often Josh.
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