The week four matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys is a good thermometer game for both teams. Even though both teams currently sit atop their respective divisions with identical 2-1 records, neither has been the definition of consistency. In fact, both have been specifically inconsistent. The Bears walked all over the Indianapolis Colts in week one only to be dismantled by the Green Bay Packers in week two. The Bears then rebounded by pummeling the St. Louis Rams.
The Cowboys have a similar theme going on. After an impressive win against the rival New York Giants, they were sucker-punched by the Seattle Seahawks. The 'Boys bounced back with a win --albeit not an overly impressive one-- against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite both the Bears and Cowboys being off to relatively decent starts, these are two teams still searching for some identity.
The Bears have long been a defensively-minded team. The ironic thing is that the one year when it looked like the offense was going to emerge from the shadow --it still might-- the defense has been as fierce as it ever has while the offense has meandered in mediocrity. What was supposed to be an offensive juggernaut with a passable defense is turning into the opposite.
While Jay Cutler has been average-to-below-average, Tony Romo has actually been putting together some decent numbers. He has a 64.8 percent passing percentage, a 4-3 touchdown-to-interception ration, and has compiled almost 850 yards passing. However, his one touchdown and three turnovers in the last two weeks has been a little bit concerning. However, any concerns fans have about Romo thus far shouldn't be close to the concerns us Bears fans have concerning Cutler.
Running back Matt Forte's status for Monday night's game is still up in the air. This is a game that is extremely difficult to predict because both teams have been so inconsistent. However, if the Bears' defense can play like they have been playing --getting better and better each week too-- then I have to lean the prediction meter in the direction of the Bears. The Cowboys' pass rush could make things difficult for the Bears' offense. If it does, we could be in for a defensive battle in Dallas.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NFL throughout.
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