Dallas Cowboys: The Four Quarters (Week 14 Edition)

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

THIRD QUARTER
Running from the Bears… 

One way that the Dallas defense can get some assistance is from the offense.  If the Bears have a weakness, it is their inability to stop the run.  Currently, Chicago is dead last in rushing yards allowed.  You have to go all the way back to Week 7 to find the last time the Bears did not give up 100 yards to one opposing ball carrier.  In that game against the Redskins, Alfred Morris hit them for 95 yards and RGIII added another 84 so it was not anything Chicago did right.  This bodes well for the Cowboys who, even in the light of the season ending injury to Lance Dunbar, have been doing better at their attempts to run the ball of late.  In the last three games, DeMarco Murray has averaged 80 yards a game and has reached the house a total of four times.  His 4.9 yards per carry is the best for any running back in the NFL as well.  Dallas must be committed to hitting the Bears where they can hurt them the most which is on the ground.  If Murray can get 20+ carries and get over the 100 yard mark, the Cowboys not only will keep the Bears offense on the bench and freezing but also have an excellent chance to leave Chicago with a win as Dallas is 10-0 all time when Murray gets that many rushing attempts.

FOURTH QUARTER
Their own worst enemy… 

Let’s be honest.  The Bears are not that good.  As previously mentioned, they have a very formidable offense with Forte, Marshall and Jeffery but if you look at their wins, two things standout.  For one, their opponents winning percentage is .444 with their only win over a winning team coming in Week 1 against the Bengals.  The other thing that really sticks out is how they have won the games they have won.  In the Bears six wins, they have only turned the ball over five times while causing 17 turnovers themselves.  Plain and simple, if you do not beat yourself, it is likely the Bears won’t beat you either.  This is another factor that leans positively towards the Cowboys as they are best in the NFC at minimizing their own mistakes, only registering 13 total turnovers.  Continuing to play mistake free should be the biggest key towards a Dallas victory.

The Prediction – Cowboys 31, Bears 27

WEEK 14 PICKS

LAST WEEK 9-7 (.563)
SEASON RECORD 88-103 (.461)
THIS WEEK 0-0 (.000)

-3 Kansas City at WASHINGTON
+7 Minnesota at BALTIMORE
Cleveland at NEW ENGLAND -10
+3 Oakland at N.Y. JETS
+6.5 Indianapolis at CINCINNATI
+3 Detroit at PHILADELPHIA
Miami at PITTSBURGH -3.5
+2.5 Buffalo at TAMPA BAY
Tennessee at DENVER -12.5
St. Louis at ARIZONA -6
N.Y. Giants at SAN DIEGO -3.5
+3 Seattle at SAN FRANCISCO
+3.5 Atlanta at GREEN BAY
Carolina at NEW ORLEANS -3
-1 Dallas at CHICAGO

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  • Old Frog

    Just watched the Lions fall apart and give the game to the Eagles. Got a bad feeling about this. I think the football gods have determined it’s Chip’s year. Eagles take the lead in the East and go on to win the division.