Cowboys 2007 Record: 2-0
(2006 9-7, fumbled chance to beat Seahawks in NFC Wild Card Game)
Cowboys Offensive Rank: 4th
--- Bears 30th
(2006 5th --- Bears 15th)
Cowboys Defensive Rank: 26th
--- Bears 5th
(2006 13th --- Bears 6th)
Cowboys PPG For/Against:
41.0/27.5 --- Bears 11.5/12.0
All Time Series:
The Bears/Cowboys rivalry predates the Beatles invasion of American. Since their first game in 1960, the Bears trail the all time series 8 wins to 12.
The Cowboys won 21-7 on Thanksgiving Day, 2004 in Texas Stadium.
The story of Sunday Night is a simple one. The Bears have a sub-par offense and a league leading defense. The Cowboys have a league leading offense and a sub-par defense. Long story shortâ€¦ something has got to give.
Behind Tony Romo, T.O., Jason Witten and a solid two headed backfield beast, the Cowboys have been able to move the ball and score at will against their first two opponents (Giants and Miami). No offense to the Giants and Dolphins, but life is not going to be that easy against the Chicago Bears on Primetime TV in Soldier Field on Sunday Night. Tony Romo (who has been linked to Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood during his young career) may be America's latest golden boy, but something tells me that the Bears defense won't be star-struck when lining up against the Dallas QB. As good as Romo has been, Sunday's game in Chicago will be just the 15th game of his pro career. The Cowboys should move the ball at times, but they will also make mistakes and stagnate during some stretches of the game as well.
The Cowboys play a 3-4 pressure defense, and
like everyone else, they will be bringing the heat on Rex early and
often. How effective the Line (and Cedric) can be in
picking up blitz packages will go a long way in determining just
how good the Bears offense can be (Sunday and beyond).
The Cowboys are vulnerable to big playsâ€¦ an aspect of the Bears offense that has been missing in 2007. If the Bears can put up a couple of big plays on offense, this Sunday Night affair could go very well for our Chicago Bears. It is time for the entire Bears offense to play well together, to come together as a group, and (on paper) the Cowboys defense looks like the perfect sparring partner for our boys.
The Bears defense is going to be a bit faster and more ferocious on Sunday than Tony Romo is used to dealing with. The Bears are rarely outclassed against top offenses (just ask the Chargers) and this Sunday should be no exception. The defense should hold up their end of the bargain, which brings us toâ€¦
The often offensive offense.
The Bears offense should get going against a team surrendering almost 28 points-per game. It's time for Rex to take a step in the right direction (towards the end zone, big guy), for the Line and Cedric to offer some pass protection, for Mushin Muhammad to make more than one catch, for Hester to be used as more than a decoy, for Greg Olsen to justify the Bears faith in him, and for the defense to continue doing it's thing.
In short, it's time for the Bears to put on
their big boy pants and step it up, and I believe they are going to
do just that (no matter what inside info that Tank Johnson is
Bears 27, Cowboys 17