I’ll be honest; I really hate facing the Bears. Ever since Jay Cutler came to Chicago, the Cowboys have never beaten the Bears. In those matches, Cutler played well throwing for 552 yards, a 73.6% completion percentage, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Cutler has been impressive against our defense. What’s even more impressive is that the Bears struggled with offense in those seasons. With their recent upsurge led by Marc Trestman, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bears put up an even better performance against us. Marc Trestman has some talented pieces with the superstar Brandon Marshall, the rising star Alshon Jeffery, the former-Cowboy Martellus Bennett, and the versatile Matt Forte.
Fortunately for us, Bears starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, will not start for them on Monday night. Instead backup quarterback, Josh McCown, will start in his place. He’s no Jay Cutler, but McCown has been exceeding expectations. In six games this season, McCown has thrown for 1461 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 1 interception. We should not underestimate McCown.
The Bears are an opponent that will be very familiar with our defense since we run the same Tampa-2 scheme. We will also be facing off against a familiar face in Jay Ratliff. After a messy break up, Jay joined the Bears and will be looking for revenge against the Cowboys. When you add up all these factors together, things don’t look well for our defense.
The good news for us is that the Bears defense has been abysmal this season. This is mainly due to key injuries to Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, and Shea McClellin. As a result, they are ranked 28th in both points and yards allowed this season. The Bears also have the worst run defense this season, allowing 153.6 yards per game. This could be a big game for Demarco Murray.
Despite the Bears recent struggles, this game is not a given to the Cowboys. The Bears are in a similar position to us, and are a dangerous team because of it. I expect this game to be an offensive shoot out starring Demarco Murray and Brandon Marshall. It should be a good one.