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NFL Week Three Preview: Cowboys vs Bears

Bears take on the Cowboys week three of 2016 season PAUL KRUSE VIA FLICKR.COM


Cowboys Look To Earn Week Three Win Against The Bears

The Chicago Bears will travel to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in week three on football’s greatest stage; Sunday Night Football. The Bears are scrambling to earn their first win of the season without quarterback, Jay Cutler. The Cowboys are aiming to deliver the first home win of the season and improve to an overall record of 2-1.

The Bears will go into Sunday night with some big question marks. They haven’t seemed to have found their offensive identity yet and will have to do so with Brian Hoyer at the helm. Jay Cutler will be missing some time after suffering a broken hand against the Philadelphia Eagles in week two.

It certainly won’t be easy for Chicago to get going or come away with a win. They will need to find a way to get star wide out Alshon Jeffrey the ball and get behind the Dallas secondary. If they can get a decent passing game established, they can begin to get Jeremy Langford involved in the running game.

The Cowboys will be ready and excited to have another chance to get a big win in front of their home crowd. Dallas hasn’t won a home game since week one of the 2015 season against the New York Giants. It’s been over a year and these fans are starving to see a win in their stadium.

Through two games the Cowboys have looked solid on both sides of the ball. The offense has averaged 23 points a game and seems to be progressing. The running game looked better week two as they were able to find the end zone multiple times.

Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott has shown he can handle the NFL stage. He as completed 47 out of 75 pass attempts for 519 yards. He also has three carries for 18 yards and a touchdown. The key to his play thus far his that he’s not turning the ball over or putting his defense in bad positions. With a soft Chicago defense coming to town, Prescott should continue his solid play.

Cowboys running backs, Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris will look to improve against the Bears. Elliott has 41 carries on the year for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Elliott is averaging 3.3 yards a carry this season. Morris has 12 carries for 42 yards and one touchdown on the season. Morris is averaging 3.5 yards a carry.  Both of them will likely improve those numbers against the Bears Sunday night.

Keep an eye on how the Bears match up against the Cowboys’ receivers. With Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten, and the running backs coming out of the backfield, the Bears will have their hands full. If they line up man to man, that will favor Dallas heavily. Prescott will easily take advantage of Witten or Beasley being covered by a linebacker or a nickel corner.

Since Jay Cutler is out, I would expect the Cowboys to blitz early and often. Cowboys’ Defensive Coordinator, Rod Marinelli loves to dial up a strong pass rush and what better opportunity than against a backup quarterback on Sunday night. This will put a little more pressure on the Cowboys’ suspect secondary to stay with Alshon Jeffrey, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal. If they can apply good pressure, the ball will be forced out early and Dallas won’t have to worry about big plays down the field.

This match up should be entertaining and a high scoring game. The Cowboys are looking good with their rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. The Bears will look to slow him down. The Bears will play the Cowboys week three on Sunday night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET.