Posted by Matt Clapp | 9/28/2012 03:04:00 PM | Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Major Wright, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Morris Claiborne, Robbie Gould, Stephen Paea, Tony Romo
Official Bears-Cowboys Injury Report After Thursday- 13 players listed on the Cowboys' injury report, and 5 listed for the Bears. Michael Bush is not listed, so that's certainly good news.(Chicago Tribune)
Forte Limited In Practice, But Doing 'Better'- Lovie Smith: "Matt Forte continues to get better. Being able to do a little bit more each day. Can't tell you a lot more than that as far as Matt is concerned except for he's getting better. And that's been the case all along with him." (Chicago Tribune)
Game Preview: Bears vs. Cowboys - Video: Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer spend 5 minutes previewing the Bears-Cowboys game. (ChicagoBears.Com)
Durkin's Playbook: Paea Impacting More Than What Stat Sheet Shows- Dan Durkin with a terrific breakdown of how well Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea is playing, and uses All-22 film images to prove it. (CBS Chicago)
Breaking Down: Major Wright's Game-Winning Interception- Da Bears Blog's Jeff Hughes after watching Major Wright's interception on All-22 film: "I literally couldn't stop watching it because it was a brilliant, complete defensive effort." (Da Bears Blog)
The Chicago Bears Defense Can Dominate In 2012- Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. writes how this Bears defense can continue to be dominant, and while the Bears are widely considered an "aging defense", most of the terrific production thus far is coming from players under 30. (Windy City Gridiron)
Know Your Opponent: Dallas Cowboys- An in-depth breakdown of the Cowboys from Dan Durkin. (CBS Chicago)
Another Monumental Challenge For Webb- J'Marcus Webb on the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware: "He's an excellent, long player. He plays to the whistle. It's a different challenge than (the Packers' Clay Matthews) because the size difference and the talent level. (Ware) is a little better, definitely. I have to bring my A-game.'"
I agree that Ware is a more difficult challenge than Matthews (and really any other pass-rusher in the NFL), which is why I've greatly feared this matchup after Matthews had 3.5 sacks in week 2. I sure hope Webb brings his "A-game", though (whatever that may be). Realistically, I'd just settle for under 3 sacks from Ware/whoever Webb matches up against, no forced fumbles, and Jay Cutler coming out alive.
Yes, I'm not expecting this matchup to go well, and why should I? Show me something, J'Marcus. If not, you may find yourself on the bench by the time week 5 comes along (or even before halftime of this game if Ware does what I fear). (Chicago Tribune)
Bears' Offense Will Be Tested Against Talented Cowboys Secondary- Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears' wide receivers have struggled the previous two weeks, and as Blake Van Poucke explains, things won't get any easier with a very talented set of Cowboys cornerbacks in Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys are allowing just 137 passing yards per game, good for 2nd-best in the NFL. (Chicago Bears Huddle)
Cowboys Having O-Line Problems Of Their Own- Like the Bears' offensive line, the Cowboys line is struggling mightily in the early going. As Jeff Dickerson points out, "Dallas has been penalized 31 times for 238 yards compared to just 21 flags thrown against the Bears." (ESPN Chicago)
Bears, Cutler Having Major Problems Gaining Yards On 1st Down- The Bears' offense struggled the last two games, and a big reason for that has been their struggles on 1st down. As Sean Jensen explains, the Bears have a league-worst 3.32-yard average on 1st down plays.
Mike Tice: “We’re bad on first down. We’re putting ourselves in second-and-long a lot. So our goal this week is to do a lot better job, be more efficient on first down.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Bears Focus On Containing Mobile Romo- Tony Romo is very good at escaping pressure out of the pocket (something he'll have to do a lot this year with a shoddy Cowboys o-line), and making plays out of nothing. The Bears will have their hands full in preventing those things from happening. (ESPN Chicago)
Four Downs: O's Consistency A Concern?- 4 ESPN Chicago Bears writers tackle 4 Bears-Cowboys topics with fact or fiction answers. The topics: Bears' offense will struggle vs. Cowboys; Tony Romo is better than Jay Cutler; Cutler needs to stop targeting Marshall so much and spread the ball around; Julius Peppers is a more impactful player than DeMarcus Ware. (ESPN Chicago)
Bears-Cowboys Capsule- Plenty of stats and tidbits about the matchup. (Bears Gab)
Bears' Gould Nearing Long-Distance Record- With 9 straight field goals made in attempts over 50 yards, Robbie Gould has a chance to break the record of 11 straight, held by former Oilers and Rams kicker Tony Zendejas. (Chicago Tribune)
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