2014 NFL Week 14 - Cowboys vs. Bears Betting Odds Preview

Line: Cowboys -3.5

Dallas and Chicago face off live from Soldier Field on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles have been known for falling apart in December and last weeks 33-10 late November loss to the Eagles is sure to have many Cowboy fans fearing what December may have in store for its 8-4 Cowboys. The Eagles started out fats against the Cowboys last week and had a 23-7 lead at halftime and they never looked back. The Cowboys were forced to play on Thanksgiving after competing on Sunday Night Football the prior week. This left the team with less time to recover and rehab injuries as well as time to mentally prepare. This may explain the first poor performance from Tony Romo this season, he was 18/29 for 199 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Running Back Demarco Murray was productive with 20 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, however his performance was well below the exceptional standard that he has set for the season. Dez Bryant had 4 catches for 73 yards and Cole Beasley also had 4 catches for 41 yards. The defense was disappointing from the beginning, allowing the Eagles to march down the field with drives of 80 and 83 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys now trail the Eagles by one game in the division. The Bears are having a disappointing season and find themselves at 5-7 overall. They got off to a good start against Detroit last week by scoring two first quarter touchdowns that gave them a 14-3 lead heading into the second quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been inconsistent all season long and this trend continued, as he was 31/48 for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns as well as two interceptions. Matt Forte who is one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL had an inexplicable 5 carries for 6 yards. The Bears do have arguably the best wide receiver combination in the league with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey had a big day with 8 grabs for 109 yards.

After the rough Thanksgiving showing the Cowboys will have to face a Bears team that has beaten them the last 4 times they faced each other. They only had 93 total rushing yards on the ground last week and that is not indicative of the balanced offense they have displayed all season long. A win and the Cowboys will be a perfect 6-0 on the season away from their home field.

The Bears defense is last in the league in allowing 161 rushing yards per game and will need to find a way to slow down the Cowboys attack if they want a chance at a win. Forte has only carries the ball 20 or more times 3 times this season and that streak may need to push that to 4 in order to take advantage of a suspect Cowboy run defense. The Bears are out of the playoff picture so they need to play this game with pride and passion.

Pick: Cowboys -3.5

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