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NFL Betting: Cowboys vs. Bears Thursday Night Preview

Posted by Stan Jenkins on 12/4/2014 11:31:33 AM

The Dallas Cowboys just got pounded on Thanksgiving Day by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys will not have a short week this week, but they won’t have a long one, either.

Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears – Thursday, December 4

The Dallas Cowboys are doing something that’s very rare: They’re playing two straight Thursday games in the same NFL season. Dallas played the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday, and now they’re coming back on a weekday to face the Chicago Bears. Dallas got smashed by Philadelphia on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys were too slow and too unresponsive against the speed of Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy, who galloped for 159 yards on 25 carries and made things look easy in Dallas. The Cowboys also made an average quarterback, Mark Sanchez, look good. Sanchez completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown without an interception. The fact that Sanchez committed no turnovers despite a history of lax ball security shows that Dallas’ defensive front did not generate sufficient pressure in that game. The Cowboys simply looked overpowered on defense, and that carried over to the offense as well. Tony Romo threw for under 200 yards, and he tossed two interceptions. He was never really into the game, and a culprit might have been the simple fact that he had to play again, four days after a Sunday night game against the New York Giants on Nov. 23. Romo had suffered a back injury earlier in the season, so two games in five days might have caught up with him. Dallas will be playing its third game in 12 days when it takes the field in Chicago. Attrition could be an issue for the Cowboys, especially if the weather in the Windy City is really cold and nasty at night.

What should help the Cowboys is that the team they’re facing really isn’t that good. The Bears got disposed of on Thanksgiving Day by the Detroit Lions. The Bears got out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, but that good start dissolved into nothing. The Lions scored 21 points in the second quarter and built a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler just does not seem to be the answer for this team. He threw two more interceptions and gave coach Marc Trestman and the organization little reason to have more confidence in his abilities. Cutler has the NFL arm, but he doesn’t make good decisions, and he can’t seem to play with good consistency.

The Bears’ offensive line hasn’t been doing a very good job, either, and with a quarterback who is turnover-prone, the last thing you want to do is get totally stuffed on the ground, giving your passing game no real support. The Bears rushed for only 13 yards against the Lions, and they tried to run the ball only eight times. It’s hard to imagine an NFL team trying to run the ball only eight times in a game, and this is part of why Trestman is in deep trouble in Chicago.

Dallas might be a tired team with an injured quarterback who is gutting it out at less than 100 percent, but the Bears are in complete disarray. Take the Cowboys as a result.

Pick: Cowboys

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