Monday Night Football- Bears vs Cowboys Preview
After yesterday’s dramatic action including plenty of high-scoring games, Week 4 concludes tonight with an exciting NFC clash between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.
The game will be live on ESPN in America and on the BBC Red Button in Ireland.
So without further ado, here is a full preview of Week 4 Monday Night Football.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
Stadium– Cowboys Stadium
Kickoff- 7:30 p.m. in Dallas/ 1:30 a.m. Irish Time
What to Watch
Bears Running game vs Cowboys Defense
- The Bears have struggled so far this season through the air but are getting solid production from their ground game. Matt Forte and Michael Bush form a formidable running back tandem in the Bears backfield.
- Their is a slight injury concern with Forte who is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. The Bears will need both Forte and Bush to be 100% healthy in the running game as the Cowboys defense is one of the best in the league vs the pass.
Cowboys Pass Rush vs Bears Offensive Line
- It’s no secret that the Bears offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL for the past few years when it comes to protecting their quarterback. The last time they played on Monday Night Football in Week Jay Cutler was sacked seven times in a humiliating defeat to the Green Bay Packers.
- Clay Mathews had 3.5 sacks in that game and I expect Cowboys outside linebacker Demarcus Ware to put up similar numbers tonight. Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb is in for a long game trying to stop Ware.
Special Teams Battle
- Just like the Bears well publicized problems on their offensive line, it is also common knowledge that they have one of the best special teams units in all of football. Kicker Robbie Gould is one of the best in the business and they also have the greatest return specialist of all time in Devin Hester.
- The Cowboys may not have the special teams advantage on paper but they do have Dez Braynt on punt returns. Something tells me Bryant may choose tonight to score his first return touchdown of 2012.
Who to Watch
Brandon Marshall- Wide Receiver- Bears
- Without getting into Brandon Marshall’s recent off-field issues with Warren Sapp, he will be need to put that controversy aside and perform on the field tonight. Since re-joining his former quarterback from his Denver days, Marshall has been slowly rebuilding the chemistry he once had with Jay Cutler.
- Likely to line up against Cowboys rookie Morris Claiborne, Marshall could be set for a big game. No stranger to the spotlight, look for him to him to shine tonight on the big stage.
Jay Cutler- Quarterback- Bears
- Here’s a stat Bears fans aren’t going to like very much, Jay Cutler has a quarterback rating of 58.6 after the first three games. Some people tend not to pay much attention to quarterback ratings but when the rating is under 60 it’s all impossible to avoid it.
- So what’s wrong with Cutler? Hidden behind a 2-1 record is Cutler’s continues struggles in the passing game and unless he finally rises to the big occasion, those struggles will continue vs the Cowboys.
Tony Romo- Quarterback- Cowboys
- Looking at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo now and he has also led his team to two wins from their opening three games. The difference between the play of Romo/Cutler in the early stages of the new season, is that Romo is doing a much better job of limiting turnovers and making smart decisions.
- He is also completing a higher percentage of his passes with a completion rate of 64.8% compared to just 52.7% by Cutler. It’s clear Romo is the better quarterback, now he must prove it against the Bears.
This game should come down to which turnover prone quarterback can limit any potential interceptions and keep command of their offense.
If this is correct and it comes down to a question of Jay Cutler vs Tony Romo, I’m going to pick Romo every time.
Bears 31 Cowboys 35
So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys tonight’s game.