Open Thread: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, Monday Night Football

Tom Pennington

The 7-5 Dallas Cowboys travel to Chicago to take on the 6-6 Bears in what looks like a bad weather game featuring two top 10 offenses and two less than stellar defenses.

Pleased to Meet You: Week 14, Dallas Cowboys - Steven Schweickert
The Bears draw a rushing offense that hasn't exactly been up to snuff this season, but then you're reminded of the efforts they gave up against the Rams, Giants, and Ravens, as well as giving up at least 145 yards rushing in their last six games, and suddenly you don't feel so good about a Cowboys' offense that features DeMarco Murray as well as first-round-pick Travis Frederick at center, a guy that's actually making some difference for the Cowboys' offensive line this year.

Chicago Bears Six-Pack Keys to Victory Over the Cowboys - Steven Schweickert
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have developed into the Bears' two strongest weapons. While record-wise the Bears don't do so well when Jeffery goes over 100 yards (in fact, this year they haven't won in that situation), the Bears finally have a guy that can benefit when Marshall is double-teamed, which should continue to open things up down the field for the Bears' passing game. Going in against the league's 31st-ranked passing defense, Marshall and Jeffery should be ready to make some plays.

Cowboys @ Bears Expert Picks: A Monday Night Shootout? - One.Cool.Customer
But if Vegas is anything to go by, it could be a hot night in Chicago: The over/under for the game currently sits at 49.5, the second highest value of Week 15 behind only the game between the Lions and Eagles, where the over/under sits at 54.

Bold Predictions: Cowboys vs. Bears - Joey Ickes
Chicago's offense is based largely on throwing inside breaking routes (slants, digs, crossers). This puts an onus on the players in the middle of the field to be ready to break on the ball and make big plays. We've seen Sean Lee do this extremely well against the Lions resulting in an interception and big return. However, this week it's Carter's turn.

Cowboys Gameplans: Scouting the Chicago Bears - Joey Ickes
The Chicago Bears are a 6-6 team that is playing with their backup quarterback who has played extremely well. They are also without several very important players on the defensive side of the ball that has turned what was a proud group under former defensive coordinator and current Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach (Thanks Bears!) Rod Marinelli into a porous unit. Let's look at somethings we should expect to see in the game.

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