Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys
Date and Time: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: ATT Stadium, Arlington, TX
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Bears vs. Cowboys TV Coverage: NBC
The thought of losing Jay Cutler for any period of time used to frighten Bears fans. Now, after the enigmatic signal-caller has fallen back to his old habits of turning the ball over multiple times a game, is it that big of a deal? The Bears were badly outplayed on Monday night and looked like a team that will struggle to win four games, and that’s generous. Cutler took himself out of the game after throwing a horrible interception and missed the remainder of the contest with an injury to his right thumb. It didn’t matter all that much. Cutler’s two turnovers put the Bears in a steep hole that Brian Hoyer was unable to get them out of.
Prescott got all the glory for leading the Cowboys to a comeback victory at Washington and it was well deserved. The Boys were 1-11 last season without Romo and seven of their 12 losses came during games in which they were within one score in the final quarter. It was a frustrating 2015 season and the Cowboys unloaded the backups who couldn’t get the job done. That opened the door for the drafting of Prescott and the Mississippi State record-setter has proven to be a find.
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The Bears had a difficult time containing Wentz on Monday night, and now they have to contend with Cowboys first-year starter Prescott. The season doesn’t look so gloomy now for Dallas after Prescott led them to a victory over Washington last week. Prescott’s first start was less than ideal and the Cowboys extended their run of futility with a backup in control by losing 20-19 to the Giants. Everything turned around in Washington, however. Prescott was poised beyond his years completing 22 of 30 passes for 292 yards and for one week, at least, put the concerns over Romo’s backup to rest.
Prescott had a career-defining drive to pull out the victory against Washington. Given the ball following an end zone interception, Prescott directed an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the go-ahead score with less than five minutes remaining. And he didn’t turn the ball over. Prescott has carried over his preseason play right into the regular season and the stage isn’t too big for him. After all, he did play four years in the SEC against some of the best college teams in the country in stadiums that draw more fans than most NFL teams. So, it isn’t all that surprising that he’s been as good as he has been.
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John Fox will have a tough time producing a second-year turnaround with this group of Bears. Coaches, general managers and players have come and gone since Chicago’s last playoff appearance and it doesn’t look like the Bears are any closer to reaching the postseason. In fact, after two weeks this team looks worse than the six-win club from a year ago. Chicago forked out a bunch of cash this offseason to upgrade the offense and that just hasn’t worked out. Now, there’s a chance journeyman Brian Hoyer will be running the show after Cutler reinjured the thumb on his throwing hand.
The Bears were decimated by injuries in their Monday night loss to the Eagles and the secondary is a mess. Chicago doesn’t have the depth to cover those significant losses leading Prescott and the Cowboys to a big afternoon. The only thing that could hurt Dallas is turnovers and Prescott has been good at protecting the football. It’s another story for Zeke Elliott however. Still, it won’t be enough for the Bears to cover the odds at BookMaker.eu.
Bears vs. Cowboys Week 3 ATS Pick: Cowboys
Bears vs. Cowboys Score Prediction: Cowboys 27, Bears 17