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The Chicago Bears travel to the house that Jerry Jones built for Monday Night Football tonight against the Dallas Cowboys. The game will feature two of the NFL‘s more Jekyll-and-Hyde-type quarterbacks.
Fans have grown accustomed to a roller coaster of emotions over the years while watching Jay Cutler and Tony Romo. The two signal-callers have experienced the highest of highs but also the more memorable lowest of lows.
There is no question that the ability is there from Cutler and Romo, but a lack of consistency and injuries to their supporting casts have prevented sustained success from the quarterbacks.
This combination has halted the Bears and Cowboys from providing a steady winner on the field as well.
You might not find a game on the NFL’s Week 4 schedule that showcases more talent on both sides of the ball. However, that might also facilitate a chess match rather than the more entertaining shootout that might be expected.
While it won’t matter how the results unfold, both teams are out to improve to 3-1 and take a step toward becoming one of the NFC’s top teams.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Monday night’s matchup.
Bears Offense Held to Only Field Goals in Loss
Other than the New York Giants in Week 1′s 24-17 victory, Dallas hasn’t exactly faced elite offenses this season, but the Cowboys defense has been stout, giving up only 250 yards and 18 points per game.
While drawing the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has certainly helped those numbers look so good, the Cowboys have the talent to slow down a lot of teams. Cutler and the Bears are no exception.
Though the Bears are putting up an average of 24.7 points through three games, their 290 yards per game of total offense ranks 27th in the league. While 2012 has been a little peculiar thus far, Chicago must do better against the likes of the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams.
A 2-1 record puts the Bears in a good position right now, but this team must improve as the season progresses to keep the winning trend going.
The Cowboys defense is capable of keeping Chicago’s offense at bay on Monday night.
Dez Bryant Finally Finds the End Zone but on a Punt Return
Just like the guy throwing him the football (Romo), wide receiver Dez Bryant has endured an up-and-down career since entering the league in 2010 out of Oklahoma State.
The talent is obviously there, but Bryant’s inconsistency has drawn major criticism. His inability to stay out of the spotlight and off the trainer’s table has kept him out of the same circle as Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Roddy White when discussing the NFL’s elite wideouts.
Bryant has yet to find the end zone through three games this season. The emergence of Kevin Ogletree has given Romo a more balanced attack and has taken away chances for Bryant and fellow wide receiver Miles Austin.
While this is certainly a good thing for the Cowboys, it makes it difficult to keep everyone happy.
The Bears’ special teams coverage on punts has been good this year (8.0 yards per return on six attempts), but Bryant has returned two for scores in his career and could get off the schneid by making increasing that number to three.