The Dallas Cowboys are now ready to play their final game before the bye week. This one comes against their second-straight NFC North opponent, the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys are coming off of a bounce-back home win against the Detroit Lions in Week 7 in which they took care of business 24-6.
Meanwhile, the Bears finally have something going for themselves. They are coming off of a short week due to playing on Monday night, but they have to be feeling good about themselves after besting the New England Patriots in primetime 33-14. Before Monday night, the Bears hadn’t beaten the Patriots since 2000 and hadn’t beaten them by double digits since 1986 in Super Bowl XX.
The point of that is, the Bears are feeling good. They finally have another win under their belt, and what better way to go on a winning streak than beating two decorated franchises in the Patriots and Cowboys?
Despite this recent victory for the Bears, there is no reason Cowboys fans should be worried about this game. Here are three reasons why this game should be smooth sailing for Dallas
3 reasons the Cowboys shouldn’t be worried about the Bears
1. The quarterback gap leans heavily in the Cowboys’ favor
This is perhaps the most surface-level reason, but it’s a huge one. The Cowboys have the quarterback advantage in this game, by a landslide. The only bit of doubt in this one is really if Dak Prescott still needs time to knock the rust off or if he reaggravates his thumb.
Regardless, the Cowboys have a much more stable player at quarterback than the Bears. Justin Fields looked solid in MNF as a whole; however, his ability as a passer is so limited still to this point. He finished Monday night with just 179 passing yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Meanwhile, Prescott looked solid in his first start back, given the context of the situation. Coming back from a hand injury is difficult, especially midseason. Despite a couple of bad throws, which were mostly due to poor judgment, he looked decent, finishing the day 19/25 with 207 passing yards and a touchdown.
The fact is, Prescott has been elite before, and he’s well on his way back to being an above-average starter again. We have not seen that from Fields, maybe in a couple of years, but certainly not now. The Cowboys have a huge edge in the quarterback competition, and that can easily sway the game.