The 0-2 Chicago Bears travel to Dallas to take on the 1-1 Cowboys in this week’s Sunday night matchup. Last week, the Bears lost 29-15 to the Philadelphia Eagles. To add injury to insult, Jay Cutler sprained his thumb and is out this week and Lamarr Houston is out for the year after suffering an ACL injury. Dallas came from behind to beat the Washington Redskins 27 to 23 on the road.
Brian Hoyer will be replacing Cutler this week and completed 9 of his 12 pass attempts after taking over last week. He has thrown 38 career touchdowns over his 8-year career, which included stints for 5 different NFL franchises. The Bears struggled running the ball against the Eagles as they only gained 64 yards on 18 carries. Alshon Jeffrey led the receivers with 96 yards on only 5 receptions. Eddie Royal was the only other receiver with at least 50 yards as he had 52 on 4 receptions. They had 3 turnovers and allowed Cutler to be sacked 3 times for a loss of 15 yards. Defensively, they forced 0 turnovers and allowed the Eagles to score in every quarter. They sacked Carson Wentz twice and had 7 tackles for losses.
For Dallas, Dak Prescott earned his first professional win by completing 22 of 30 pass attempts for 292 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He did have a 6 -yard rushing touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Cowboys the halftime lead. His favorite target was Dez Bryant who had 7 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. For Bryant, this was a big improvement from his 1 catch for 8 yards performance in week 1 against the Giants. Ezekiel Elliot led the run game with 83 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Defensively they gave up 446 yards of offense including 364 passing yards. They were susceptible to the long plays as they allowed 5 pass attempts to gain more than 25 yards. They did sack Kirk cousins twice for a loss of 14 yards and had an interception. Against the rush, they gave up 82 yards on 17 carries.
The Cowboys are 8 -point favorites in this game and have gone 1-0-1 against the spread this year. Chicago is 0-2 against the spread this season and lost both games by an average of 12 points. The Bears need to improve the defense and the running game as they have 137 rush yards and are allowing 26 points per game this season. Alshon Jeffrey has been the lone bright spot as he has over 200 receiving yards and is averaging over 20 yards per catch in the first 2 games. Dak Prescott meanwhile set the rookie record for throwing 75 passes without an interception passing Warren Moon who held the record with 73. The Cowboys have home field advantage and a healthy starting quarterback but have gone 1-8 at home going back to the start of last year.
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