Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys face off on Monday Night Football in a NFC NFL matchup with playoff implications. The Bears are -1 point favorites over the Cowboys with an over/under point total set at 49.
The Chicago Bears are in second place in the NFC North and since the Lions own the tiebreaker over them, they are, in essence, two games back with four to play. The Bears have lost their last two in a row and three of their last four games. Jay Cutler has been ruled out for this game so the start will go to Josh McCown, who has completed 65.2 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and an interception. Matt Forte has rushed for 971 yards and seven touchdowns and he has 58 receptions. Brandon Marshall has 78 receptions and nine touchdowns and Alshon Jeffery has 70 catches and five touchdowns. Major Wright has 76 tackles, James Anderson has 72 tackles, and Julius Peppers has 6.5 sacks. The Bears had several chances to make things happen this season but they were unable to take advantage of any of them.
The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East, but being tied with the Eagles they have no room for error. The Cowboys have won three of their last four starts, but the “polar blast” conditions are going to bring about another set of challenges. Tony Romo has completed 64.8 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Demarco Murray anchors the Cowboys rushing attack, averaging 4.9 yards per carry with seven touchdowns. Dez Bryant has 68 receptions and nine touchdowns and Jason Witten has 54 receptions and six touchdowns. Barry Church has 101 tackles, Sean Lee has 93 tackles, and Bruce Carter has 73 tackles as they lead the Dallas defense. Dallas is averaging 27.4 points and 328.4 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 25.2 points and 421.6 yards per game. The Cowboys close out the season by playing the Eagles in the final game.
Chicago is 5-16 against the spread against the NFC, 3-12-1 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Dallas is 6-2 against the spread against the NFC, 7-17 against the spread following a win, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight Monday Night games. The underdog has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
The prediction are for arctic like conditions on Monday in Chicago gives the defenses an edge as it is going to hurt to get hit. I’m going with the under 49.