Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

My game preview was pretty good a week ago (feel free to go take a look). I thought the Bears defensive line would dominate the game and they went out and did it. I am NOT as confident this week. But I know one thing: I'm taking the under at 41.5.


  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I like what Cam Worrell said regarding this being a schematic mismatch favoring the Chicago Bears. The Bears should play this game in their strict cover-2 and dare the Cowboys to run the ball all night long.
  • I'm at a point where I WANT opposing quarterbacks to attack our corners, especially Tim Jennings. He's simply playing the position as well as anyone in the league right now.
  • If you saw the Cowboys play the Bucs, one thing became apparent: the Bears front should dominate for the second straight week.
  • The Cowboys defense can play. They've got two terrific corners (Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne) and perhaps the best pass rusher in the sport (DeMarcus Ware). Expect defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to attack J'Marcus Webb and the Bears should be prepared for that from SNAP ONE. Don't sacrifice a drive or two before making adjustments.
  • Matt Forte is the key to the game. Without question. The Bears need to slow the Cowboys rush with the run game and counter their over-aggression with screens.
  • I'd like to see Brandon Marshall win his one-on-ones and dominate the way he dominated Darrelle Revis last year when with the Dolphins. Marshall isn't a good receiver. He's a great receiver. He needs to play like one Monday night. (More on this Monday.)
  • Field position will be key and Adam Podlesh kicked the ball far better against the Rams. Give the Cowboys long fields and Romo will give the Bears the ball.
  • Dallas acquiring former Bills punter Brian Moorman is cause for concern. Moorman struggled this summer but he's been one of the most reliable punters in the game for years. His directional kicking has been astounding over his career and he may be able to keep punts out of Hester's hands.
  • Per Zach Zaidman: "In 8 career Monday Night Football games, Devin Hester has 6 touchdowns (3 PR, 2 KR, 1 receiving)." You think Skunk likes the primetime? He's waiting for THAT moment.
  • I expect the Cowboys to release Jason Witten over the middle repeatedly to test Brian Urlacher in space. Witten has had a terrible start to the year but I don't think the Cowboys can ignore a not full strength Urlacher.
  • I do think DeMarco Murray will have success running the ball at times. The Bears are not great against the run. They are good. If Dallas gets a lead the Bears will struggle to get them off the field.
  • This is a big game for Jay Cutler. Undeniable. He has struggled against premiere opponents, struggled in prime time and struggled when under duress. He needs to step under the Arlington lights and deliver his team a victory. He needs an 18-21, 240 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interception performance to steady the quarterbacking ship in Chicago.


  • Thrive: Jay Cutler will avoid the top two corners whenever possible and Earl Bennett will have a terrific game in the slot against Jenkins, Scandrick or whomever he sees.
  • Survive: Kevin Ogletree has not been the player who made that sterling debut on opening Wednesday night in the Meadowlands but he is capable of big games every weekend. DJ Moore will have the difficult task of keeping him silent.


  • Jay Cutler will have more than 25 yards rushing the football.
  • Kellen Davis will have 4 catches, 58 yards and a touchdown.
  • Julius Peppers will have 2.5 sacks.


Two terrific defenses and capable-yet-currently-sputtering offenses. I think both trends continue.

Chicago Bears 16, Dallas Cowboys 13

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  • These teams are both NFC contenders looking to get over the hump before their respective window of opportunity closes. There's no doubt this game comes down to QB play and turnovers. Here's hoping Cutty makes it happen.

  • 2nd to post a re-run...

    I can't get over how similar we are to the Cowboys. This MNF game is going to be "A Tale of One Team in Two Cities."

    - Crappy Oline
    - Questionable QB
    - Mercurial WRs
    - Stud HBs
    - Inconsistent O
    - Great pass rushers
    - Much improved secondary
    - Playoff caliber

    Whoever wins this game will gain a lot of momentum into the "2nd Quarter."

  • I have a feeling Dec.9 @ Vikings and Dec.16 vs. Pack both get flexed to PM games! The NFC North is looking up.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I doubt it, Ender. FOX lost the first Bears-Packers game to the NFL Network's opener. They DO have some "veto" power and NBC doesn't get to say "We want THAT one" and take any game they want . I can't see FOX letting a second Chicago-Green Bay matchup get flexed off of their schedule in the same season.The Vikes? Possibly.

  • Al, regarding the Tucson economy -

    It's the reason I had to move to Nebraska.

    All my AZ friends are job hunting and moving to Phoenix or CA. Tucson is dying, sadly. Tucson wants to be Phoenix, which in turn, wants to be San Diego. The new trendy spots (La Canada) get all the rich money, while the gems die. The cheap housing/labor costs that made it thrive back in the 90s aren't nearly what they were, so spots are closing down.

    Boondocks is a nice place. I was in a few pool leagues, so I've been to nearly every pub in Tucson. By the way, most bars in Omaha don't have pool tables. They are all "lounges".

    Bum Steer was where you went with a fake ID freshman year of college. I always looked too young, so I never went.

    Bar-wise, I'm a fan of the Red Garter (Speedway) and the Depot (Ft. Lowell), but the Nugget pours the stiffest (and cheapest) drinks in town, bar none. But I always stay at my parents when I go back @ Harrison & Golf Links, and everywhere is quite a hike from the boonies.

    I'm glad the good restaurants aren't closing up shop - Rosa's, Frank's (Francisco's En La Noche), Rosati's (NOT the one by the stadium... fake-ass Rosati's is TERRIBLE), Rocco's, Luke's, Caruso's... I could go on forever. When I visit Tucson, goal #1 is food.

  • GP..did you get your special letter from Fuckdell?? for those who did not this is it:

    To NFL Fans:

    The National Football League is at its best when the focus is on the players and the action on the field, not on labor negotiations.

    All of us who love the sport appreciate the skills and dedication of the players and coaches. That is why we are focused not just on what happens on the field but what our game will be like in another decade or two. The NFL has always tried to look ahead, to innovate, and to constantly improve in all we do.

    We recognize that some decisions may be difficult to accept in the passion of the moment, but my most important responsibility is to improve the game for this generation and the next.

    I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

    As a lifelong fan, this wasn't an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

    Our new agreement gives long-term stability to an important aspect of our game, officiating. More important, with this agreement, officiating will be better in the long run. While the financial issues received the most attention, these negotiations were much more about long-term reforms. For example, beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option of hiring a number of officials on a full-time basis to work year-round, including on the field. In addition, the NFL will have the option to retain additional officials for training and development purposes, and may assign those additional officials to work NFL games.

    We are moving forward with the finest officials in sports back on the field. It's time to put the focus where it belongs – on the clubs and players and our magnificent game, with a special thanks to our fans for their passion.

    Roger Goodell

    btw..I replied with FU from your firends @ the DBB XOXOXOXOX

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    That's enough corporate speak to make me puke.

    We need some plain' speakin Tucson Al speak in that memo:

    We danced on your head
    And made you weep then cry then laugh
    at the fact that we put porno football flunkie refs
    on that field. But we got what we wanted
    We appeased the current generation of refs
    and fucked all the new comers
    like we baby boomers are gonna fuck Gen X
    on social security. We get ours, good luck getting yours
    BURMA SHAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! AUGHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    See, now that woulda been right.

  • Did anyone send a case of Snickers to "Cowgirls Stadium"???

    Cutty may need it. We all know how he is with night games...will be a close game.


  • btw blogfader good call on the score..I'm thinking the 3

  • The Bears are a better team than the Dallas Cowboys, but they are in their Jeckyl & Hyde stage of the season.

    I do not like seeing guys with hurt knees playing on turf. It chaps my ass more than the replacement refs (some hyperbole included).

    This is a great stage for the o-line to step up. They can have success if they remain disciplined. No false starts, no offsides, no delay of games.

    Rob Ryan will attack (duh). Cutler needs to regognize and counter. ( Jay's biggest area of development...)

    If Dr. Jekyl shows up: Bears 31 Cowboys 20
    If Hyde has his way: Cowboys 27 Bears 15

  • In reply to Viva:

    In other words....the Bears are perfectly capable of beating themselves against an inferior foe.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Are we back to Good Rex, Bad Rex, Viva? or Snicker and Snickerless...

    Sadly, this is true.

  • Let's hope not, but it could be, 85.

  • I've never heard Hester call "Skunk" before. Fucking hilarious!

    A low scoring battle sounds about right.

  • In reply to JerseyBear:

    I forget who came up with that name.. It may have been MBhaddaPosse or the Blogfather himself(Hester's rookie season). Either way, this blog has came up with more than one nickname and catchphrase to make its way into main stream media.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I don't think the FCC would let "Pringles" fly once they figured out the true meaning.

  • In reply to Crown:

    It was tough trying to explain it to my wife...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    That screen saver sequence will for ever be imprinted in my mind. That dorm room image will never go away for me.

    Slide 1: Girl at sorority house with kappa gamma sisters.
    Slide 2: Girl in cure breast cancer bike race.
    Slide 3: Girl on Grand Canyon camping trip with family.
    Slide 4: Girl playing volleyball at beach with friends.
    Slide 5: Dorm room picture of Major's Amazon donger.


    Sort of explains his TD dance from last week.

  • This just in...Chaz Bono's ass is still broken. Also, TMZ reports Rodgers has contracted gonorrhea.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  • Hopefully Tice has some protective schemes in mind for Jay...or we ain't goin nowhere

  • I'm a bit conflicted as to who to root against in the Lions-Vikes game.

    On the one hand, I hate the Lions and would love for them and their obnoxious fans to get pimp slapped and drop to 1-3.

    On the other hand, I don't really want the Vikes to go 3-1, and resurrect their equally d-bag fans from the dead.


    One thing I'm not conflicted about this week is that I want the Saints to win. Geaux Aints!

  • Little Jimmy Schwartz is too great a dbag not to wish him ill.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This dude is a dbag as well...

  • English Dude....My Chinese ain't too good...nor is my English for that matter!

  • Gotta root for the Queens...

    Resurrecting their fanbase will be less like the rising of the Phoenix, and a lot more like Prometheus' liver growing back.

    Only to be eaten again by the eagle of top 10 draft pick reality.

    The Lions, I've found, have gotten quite uppity with their one playoff appearance... Suddenly, their balls descended and they think they're a contender. Let the Vikes chop 'em right off.

    Plus, I despise the Lesbian way more than Ponder, who is so meaningless he has yet to achieve hated-nickname status.

  • The Vikings got fucking lucky. They are not good. Don't let one good game fool you. They are not going to win 6 games this year. Ponder still eats ass, with a spoon, in the library.

  • Was it that easy Coach?! Ponder = The Librarian?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Not bad gents, not bad. Guess we'll see what the gang at large thinks

  • This is awesome:

  • fuck the lions (right in their face), go vikes!

  • From Wow, cutty JUST behind kiffin. Damn, that's harsh:

    "In light of the justified vitriol spewed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week, I wondered who the most hated people are in sports at the moment. I asked my Twitter followers who they hated in sports besides Goodell, Alex Rodriguez and LeBron James because I figured they'd dominate the responses. Here's an unscientific count of the results. (Keep in mind, I have a heavy New York following, so that skewed things a little bit.)

    Gary Bettman: 17

    Lane Kiffin: 8

    Jay Cutler: 7

    *Others getting at least three votes: Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Pete Carroll, Sidney Crosby, James Dolan, Brett Favre, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Terrell Owens, A.J. Pierzynski, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick and Kevin Youkilis."

  • So, does this mean if Cutler played a night game in Australia, he would be good?

    "I can't help but think that Jay Cutler performs worse during night games than daytime. Do the stats back that up?

    Brisbane, Australia

    With Jay Cutler preparing to play Monday night in Dallas a few weeks after struggling in a Thursday night loss in Green Bay, I've received several emails asking the same question you posed. Here's what I discovered after doing some research: Cutler has played 44 games since joining the Bears in 2009, with 13 of those contests at night (nine on the road and only four at home). Three of the four games in which Cutler has thrown four or more interceptions in his career have come at night; he threw five picks in a 2009 loss in San Francisco and four picks in defeats in Green Bay in 2009 and 2012. While those three games skew the stats, he has performed pretty well in his 10 other night games, compiling a 6-4 record while passing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. There seems to be more of a discrepancy in Cutler's stats in terms of home versus road rather than day versus night. He has passed for 39 TDs and 24 interceptions with an 86.8 passer rating in 24 home games and 27 TDs and 31 interceptions with a 73.1 passer rating in 20 road contests. Interestingly, Cutler has excelled on Monday Night Football, winning four of five starts. In those games, he has passed for 11 TDs and three interceptions while compiling passer ratings of 108.4, 82.5, 106.6, 99.6 and 96.9."

  • I wonder how long my edits to Jim Schwartz Wiki page will stay up:

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