The Chicago Bears enter their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night facing a must-win situation.
On Sunday, the Detroit Lions lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The loss has brought the Bears to within a half of game of the Lions and a tie for first place. The Lions, though, hold the tie-breaker over the Bears. A loss to the Cowboys on Monday would be devastating for the Bears. A loss would not only put the Bears in third place of the NFC North division but would essentially end any hope that the team has at making the playoffs.
The temperature on Monday night will be frigid. Leading many to believe that both teams may attempt to emphasize the run. The Cowboys have been a pre-dominantly passing team this season but the team may not be able to pass up the run against a run defense of the Bears that has allowed 200+ yards in each of their past two games.
Meanwhile, like the Bears defense, the Cowboys defense has been suspect this season. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 294.9 passing yards per game against the Cowboys defense this season, a mark that is the highest in the NFL. The Cowboys defense is also allowing 126.7 rushing yards per game this season.
Needless to say the game between the Bears and Cowboys has the makeup of one that is going to be a shootout. For the first time since starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, the onus will be on Josh McCown to lead the Bears to victory. That is not to take anything away from how McCown has played this season as the backup quarterback has been terrific. McCown will need to continue that string of play into tonight’s game against the Cowboys.
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
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