The way the NFL went on the Sunday portion of week 14, the Monday night featuring the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears just got much more interesting. The game could put the entire season on the line for the Cowboys and every other week after that.
With the Philadelphia Eagles beating the Detroit Lions yesterday, the NFC North division rave just got much more intense. The Green Bay Packers with their win of over the Atlanta Falcons find themselves just a half a game back of the lead. All the more reason to have their MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers suit up next week against the Cowboys. The Bears now find themselves fired up with a chance to help get the division lead with a primetime audience watching. The Eagles seem unstoppable as they blow out teams in the fourth quarter of games. The Cowboys path to a division title has transformed itself to a hostile and scary road to the playoffs. Can they do it?
The team from the last two years can’t, but this team can. This version of the Cowboys has the confidence and swagger that we haven’t seen since 2009. They feel like they can play with anyone and their top players are performing at the right time. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is playing his best football when they need him, late in the fourth quarter. Injured superstars such as defensive linemen Jason Hatcher and Demarcus Ware and linebacker Sean Lee are returning to full health to finish out the December slate of games. The running game is back to normal and the offensive line is performing at its best in years. The team seems ready to face the extremely difficult challenges that the month of December is preparing for the team.
It all starts tonight with the Chicago Bears on the road on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys have to come out with a sense of urgency and make a statement early on. This Bears team is reeling after an overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings and putting them down early would put doubt in their minds. Also, sticking to their game plans and putting out a dominant, physical run game that will help wear down the Bear’s defense in an extremely cold setting. The defense has to get to the quarterback and get Bears quarterback Josh McCown out of rhythm with his talented receivers. If this defense was ever going to make a statement, this would be the game to do it.
If the Dallas Cowboys want to make a statement and push themselves into the playoff mix, this is the game to do it. The stakes are too high for the team sit around and wait until the final game of the season to make a statement. The race for the East has started and the playoffs for America’s Team starts tonight at Soldier Field.