Another night of Sunday Night Football, and while the Sunday night slot regularly features a must-watch matchup, I can’t make the argument that you need to watch the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. I understand the Cowboys in this slot, but the Bears is a bit perplexing from a football perspective. Chicago is a big market, so I understand it from that point of view. In any case, I don’t think the suits at NBC were envisioning Jay Cutler vs Dak Prescott here. To make it interesting, let’s put some money on it, shall we? Not everybody has had the opportunity to watch Prescott play football, so if anything, this gives people the chance to see him. It provides an interesting twist for Prescott personally. He is well aware that this is the largest stage he’s going to be on in his NFL career. This will be his first primetime game.
I dearly hope that we don’t get too many Jerry Jones suite shots in this game. Every time the Cowboys’ play in Dallas, it’s a guarantee that Jerry gets on camera at least fifty times during the course of a broadcast. Why don’t we have an over under on this? I guess we’ll have to wait until the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl (feel free to laugh at this comment). Prescott has been doing more than just buying time for Romo. He has stepped up and has been taking control of the Dallas offense. The Cowboys have to be thanking their lucky starts that they made the decision to draft Prescott in the draft.
If Romo and backup Kellen Moore were healthy, we would probably be seeing him in street clothes on the sidelines. If you recall, Moore was the backup heading into the regular season before he was injured during training camp. The Cowboys’ hand was forced, and they had to go with Prescott under center. It’s worked out quite well for the Cowboys, who are in an okay position at 1-1. They would like to have that 20-19 loss to the Giants in Week 1 back, though. Prescott was able to take advantage of a dysfunctional Washington team last week on the road. Now, can he can take advantage of the dysfunctional Bears? We will all find out tonight on Sunday Night Football in Dallas.
Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Cowboys -7(-105)
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Bears vs. Cowboys Pick:
Kirk Cousins and the Redskins, for the second straight week, looked confused and lost. The Cowboys picked up on it, and are riding a 27-23 win into Week 3. If the Cowboys were playing a more competent team, that win probably never happens. However, the scheduling Gods hooked the Cowboys up nicely with Romo on the shelf. They catch the Redskins and Bears back-to-back, who in most people’s eyes, are two of the most clueless teams in the NFL as it is now.
The Bears have been hurting, most notably on the offensive side of the ball. Jay Cutler is going to have to take the blame for it all, but there are problems on the Bears that extend past Cutler. Good news Bears’ fans, Cutler doesn’t look like he’s going to be playing tonight. After missing practice on Thursday, Brian Hoyer appears ready to do the honors at quarterback for the Bears tonight. Hoyer is one of the better backups in the league.
He holds a 15-11 record as a starter, and passed for 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a Texan as a year ago. Houston went in another direction after signing Brock Osweiler to a hefty deal. The idea of jumping on the Cowboys because Hoyer is starting isn’t the best reasoning here tonight. There might be other reasons, but Hoyer is capable of playing a spot start tonight in Texas.
The defense for the Bears has actually been fairly decent. It is the lone bright spot thus far in Chicago. They aren’t at the Brian Urlacher era level, but they have made some strides over the last two seasons. Note that the Bears are 4th in the NFL against the pass, allowing only 224.6 yards passing per game. Despite the offensive problems for the Bears, +7 is a lot of points to be laying against a team with something to prove, with a solid defense, who are playing against a rookie quarterback. The stage is Prescott’s to impress me tonight. In my opinion, the way I see it, Prescott and the Cowboys will struggle to pull away from the Bears tonight. Dallas wins it 24-20, failing to cover the spread.
PICK: BEARS +7 (-115)