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Monday Night Football Showdown: Cowboys vs. Bears

Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears Week 14 Preview

When: Monday, December 9th 2013 at 8:40pm ET
Where: Soldiers Field in Chicago, Illinois
Watch: Live on ESPN

The Dallas Cowboys (7-5) and Chicago Bears (6-6) are heading in opposite directions right now. The Cowboys have won two in a row and they’re now in 1st place in the NFC East. Chicago has lost two consecutive games and is in trouble of missing the playoffs.

Odds to Win in Cowboys vs. Bears in Week 14

This game has been set at a PK, which I agree with. The home team usually gets 3 points, but the Cowboys are playing better. I think the total of O/U 48 points is a little high, but you also can’t have faith in either of these defenses with the way they’ve been playing. Odds below are from Bovada.

Will Dallas Find a Way to Win on the Road?

Dallas has struggled on the road (2-4), but if they want to win the division they need to start winning away games. They looked good in their home win on Thanksgiving Day against Oakland (31-24) and they’ve had a lot of time to get ready to play the Bears.

Chicago hasn’t looked good the past two weeks. They were blown out in St. Louis (42-21) and last week they lost on the road against the Vikings in OT (23-20) in a game they should have won. Both the offense and defense have been performing worse the L2 weeks.

The Bears offense has had no problem moving the football, but lately they haven’t cashed in on their scoring chances. Chicago has a great passing attack (271.6 PYPG – 6th), but the rushing offense hasn’t been doing as well (109.8 RYPG – 19th) throughout the year.

Chicago’s offense has scored 26.9 PPG (5th), but in their last four games they’ve only averaged 20.8 PPG. Turnovers haven’t been the problem either, as the Bears have a +7 turnover margin. They just haven’t been able to punch it in when they get in the red zone.

Dallas ranks 3rd in points scored (27.4 PPG), but a lot of that has to do with their impressive +12 turnover margin. The offense is only averaging 243.3 PYPG (15th) and 85.1 RYPG (27th), but when you’re working with a lot of short fields it’s easy to pile on the points.

Defensively both of these teams could use a lot of improvement. The Bears give up a league leading 153.6 RYPG. They’re better at stopping the pass (232.4 PYPG – 14th), but they still allow 27.7 PPG (28th), which you don’t expect from a Bears defense.

Dallas doesn’t give up as many points as Chicago, as they allow an average of 25.2 PPG (22nd), but the Cowboys give up more yards than any other team (421.6 YPG). Dallas has struggled against the pass (294.9 PYPG – 31st) and the rush (126.7 RYPG – 27th).

Stars That Need a Breakout Performance

Chicago can stop the run pretty well, so Tony Romo is going to have to get it done through the air. Dez Bryant is a huge mismatch for the Cowboys against anyone in the Bears secondary. Bryant leads Dallas with 68 receptions, 896 receiving yards and 9 receiving TD’s.

Forte had 120 rushing yards on 23 carries in the loss to Minnesota last week. On the season he has 971 rushing yards (4.5 YPRA) and 7 rushing touchdowns, but he has been inconsistent. McCown is playing well, but the Bears need their rush to be more consistent.

On the defense this season the focus has been squarely on DeMarcus Ware and in some games he has had to do everything. Hatcher leads the team with 9 sacks this season and he has to be able to put pressure on McCown to make him as uncomfortable as he can.

Who Will Win in the Cowboys vs. Bears

The Bears dominated the Cowboys last season (34-18) in Dallas. Chicago’s defense was much better last year and Jay Cutler wasn’t out with an injury either. Dallas can get their revenge on MNF at Soldiers Field and I’ll be betting on them to win this game.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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