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Cowboys vs. Bears Preview

All eyes will be on Cowboys Stadium Sunday at 1 pm EST when the Dallas Cowboys host the Chicago Bears. Both teams are coming off really interesting starts to the season last week and the Cowboys will look to redeem themselves and the Bears will look to make sure there is no controversy at the end of the game this week.

The Cowboys’ beating did not stop when they left Washington last Sunday night after laying and offensive egg against the Redskins. The Boys, more specifically Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett, Tony Romo, and Tashard Choice, have been torn apart in the media. The most criticism has come on right tackle Alex Barron who was a disaster on Sunday.

Good news is on its way for the Cowboys. It looks like both RT Marc Colombo and LG Kyle Kosier will be back on the offensive line Sunday. While we do not know how effective they will be, Colombo at his worst is better than Barron. The Cowboys will need to cut down on their penalties this week. Too many times last week the Cowboys would be driving down the field but stall due to a penalty. If they want to beat the Bears they will have to clean up their game.

Things To Watch:

Clearly the biggest matchup is going to be the Cowboys offensive line against the Bears front seven. The Bears have a tremendous pass rusher in Julius Peppers. Still one of the best rushers in the league, Peppers had a sack in last weeks game and he made himself at home in the Lions backfield. In seven games against the Cowboys, Peppers has six sacks. The Cowboys will need to give Romo some time without taking any penalties. Look for the Boys to chip to Peppers’ side and use a back or tight end to keep him in check when facing Free or Colombo.

Another big matchup is the Bears offensive line against the Cowboys front seven. The Bears were not using any backups last week, unlike the Cowboys, and their line looked weak. While quarterback Jay Cutler and the rest of the offense was able to be mighty prolific (463 yards), their offensive line had a little trouble in, both, run and pass blocking against Detroit. Now they will face a much superior front in the Cowboys. Can the Cowboys get pressure and stop the run? If they can the Bears will not be able to get anything going. Bears running back Matt Forte had a huge game last week both running and receiving, look for the Cowboys to take him out of the game and force Jay Cutler to beat them. Cutler is one of the best young quarterbacks, but his gunslinger approach, while often effective, is also his worst attribute. Cutler is very susceptible to throwing the pick, especially when he is pressured.

The Cowboys will need to rely on running backs Felix Jones and Marion Barber. If the Cowboys can get their running game going it will take a lot of pressure off Romo and the offensive line. They will go up a Bears defense that only gave up 20 yards rushing last week. The Boys will try to use their mammoth size up front to open holes for their backs and try to force the Bears to come up and stop the run which will open up the pass. The Cowboys have a good mismatch when it comes to their receivers against the Bears secondary. The Bears defensive weakness is in their back end and with the Cowboys speed and size with their wideouts they should look to go up top through play-action. Look for WR Dez Bryant to build on his debut, where he caught 8 balls for over 60 yards. Bryant’s speed out of the slot makes him a tough matchup for the Bears secondary.

Both teams have a lot to play for in this one. The Cowboys do not want to go 0-2 overall, but also in the conference. The Bears want to keep winning and put some distance between them and the rest of the NFC North. This game should be a fun one between some really high powered offenses. Cowboys come out on top 31-17.

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