NFL Football Week 3 - Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears 8:15 PM EST
The Bears are a 3 point home favorite, with the game total currently at 41 at sportsbook.com.
Tony Romo will be looking to continue his fantastic pace in leading a Cowboys offense that has scored 82 points in the 2-0 SU & ATS start.
The Bears meanwhile will be searching for their first complete effort of the season. Chicago won against Kansas City on Sunday, 20-10, but failed to beat the Vegas number again, and gave the Chiefs every chance to get back in the game.
There are a couple of interesting trends accompanying this game. First, Dallas is 8-17 in road games off back-to-back wins and the Bears are 17-8 as a non-divisional home favorite.
From a head-to-head series standpoint, home field advantage has proven to be key, with the hosts on a 5-0 SU & ATS run.
This will be the first of three times the Cowboys will be in playing back to back road tilts. Dallas is only 4-9 and 5-8 ATS when playing in the second of two or more road games and will be confronted with a nasty Chicago defensive team.
Romo still has the "Aw Shucks" look about him that has served Tom Brady well. He will undoubtedly be under duress from Bears pressure and turn to security blanket tight end Jason Witten.
Even without Terry Glenn, enough weapons exist on the Dallas sideline to be explosive. Terrell Owens would of course offer his name as the main man; however N.W. Oklahoma State's own Patrick Crayton (as opposed to just plain N.W. Oklahoma I'm guessing) gives the Cowboys the added dimension of a blazer who can score faster then VH1's "The Pick-up Artist."
Chicago has a dovecote organization, all striving for perfection. The defense has suffered a few injuries, but has more than acceptable depth for replacements.
The offense has speed and pass catchers on the perimeter and running backs that can tote the pigskin with efficiency (as long as they don't fumble) behind an offensive line that doesn't receive due credit. Rex Grossman is the wildest of wild cards.
His play on any given week will have a direct impact on how well the Bears play, let alone wins an losses. He has the full support of coach Lovie Smith (if not the entire team) and needs to win games like this even in September.
The defense will take on a two-headed monster off Marion Barber and Julius Jones after going thru the heavyweight division of Ladainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson the first two weeks. Bottling up the Dallas running backs means this defense can dictate the action.
Keys to the Game
The Bears are in much the same situation as the Giants were in the opener from an execution standpoint. Chicago can and must exploit S Roy Williams with the deep ball to Bernard Berrian. Williams bites on play-action passes like Pavlov's dog and does a poor job when the ball is in the air.
Running Berrian deep a few times clears out the safety for Da Bears tight ends. Dallas' challenge is being patient, since Chicago will strip away many pages of playbook.
Running the ball weakside opens up TE Witten on second and third level for out-patterns against aggressive Bears defense.
The Cowboys defensive job will be to make reckless Rex as uncomfortable as possible and attack him. By now it is well-known when Grossman has that slightly glazed look; he and the Bears are vulnerable.
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