Jerry World, otherwise known as Cowboys Stadium, is the site of Week 2’s pivotal match between the (1-0) Chicago Bears and the (0-1) Dallas Cowboys, kickoff slated for 1PM EST. Both teams were on opposite sides of game altering calls last week, the Bears winning from the result of an upheld call on a potential touchdown reception by the Lions and the Cowboys losing on a holding call that nullified a game winning touchdown. The Cowboys enter week 2 already under the massive scrutiny that comes along with playing football in Dallas and underachieving. If the Cowboys fail to beat the Bears then watch out for significant changes and even significant job loses come week 3.
The Chicago Bears come into this contest considerably healthy given that they are coming off a tough “black and blue” division game against the Detroit Lions. Jay Cutler was prolific in the Bears home opener as he tossed for 372 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB Matt Forte had a quietly solid performance as he ran for 50 yards and reeled in 151 yards threw the air. The win did come with some considerable question marks although, two strong offensive drives were stalled with costly turnovers deep in the Lions end last week. Coach Lovie Smith will also have to shore up the teams’ penalty woes as they were penalized 100 yards on 9 calls. Free agent acquisition DE Julius Peppers found himself in the Lions backfield early and often last Sunday and was even responsible for knocking QB Matthew Stafford out of the game. Peppers will most likely be lined up against LT Doug Free of the Cowboys in what should be a match up to look out for. Although a narrow win over the Detroit Lions is no appreciable accomplishment the Chicago Bears look as though they might be able to stick in conversations about this years NFC North’s crown.
The Cowboys are already under the gun for their mundane performance in the nations capitol on Sunday night and rumblings of early season changes have been rampant. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has accepted responsibility for the offenses’ inept decision not to take a knee with a few seconds remaining in the initial half that resulted in CB DeAngelo Hall stripping RB Tashard Choice and taking it the distance for Washington’s only touchdown of the game. Dallas does have some good news coming into these weeks game, they might have right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier back in the lineup. Both missed the opener but practiced Wednesday and all signs point to there returns this week. Colombo’s return would mean sitting Alex Barron, who committed three holding penalties, including one on the final play that wiped out a potential game-winning touchdown catch by Roy Williams. WR Miles Austin looks as though he is picking up from last campaigns breakout performance and being complemented by rookie WR Dez Bryant should all but help to improve his numbers from last season. The Cowboys will be fired up for this affair and need a win more then other (0-1) teams league wide in the worst of ways.
Bears vs Cowboys Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +7.5
@ Dallas Cowboys -7.5
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Bears vs Cowboys Prediction for Week 2:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – If not for a very controversial call last week the Chicago Bears would have lost to the lowly Detroit Lions. Yes, the Bears offense was able to put up a staggering 463 yards of total offense but we are also talking about the Detroit Lions. I am not ready to jump on the Windy City bandwagon just yet and I believe the pressure that the Cowboys are already feeling will be enough fuel to have them cover this line. The Cowboys have won 7 of its last 8 games at home and have won 5 of its last 7 games facing the Bears. The Bears on the other hand are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games and are coming into this match with arguably too much confidence with a win over Detroit. I see Americas team providing a performance that will shut the early season critics up and lay a smile on an owner who has a quick and steady firing button. I recommend laying the wood with the Boys in this NFC match up. TOP PLAY PREDICTION – COWBOYS -7.5
Game Total Prediction – Both teams accounted for 26 points scored and 27 points against last week, fairly low numbers by league averages, I see this contest playing out in the same manner. We have a desperate home team playing a over confident road team, these contests usually trend towards the under. To add fuel to this fire the total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games and the total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games at home. Chicago will look to run the ball against a Dallas defensive front that is still familiarizing themselves with a new system in place. I tend to look at the under scenario in any game that is hyped beyond recognition and garners national spotlight due to the fact that they trend towards low scoring affairs. Consider the under in this “over hyped” contest. Cheers!