The Chicago Bears face the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football in what is unquestionably planning to be an uphill battle for Chicago. The game are at Soldier Field which really is a positive for the Bears, but Vegas really has them as a 3.5-point underdog and the experts are circling the Cowboys on the weekly picks.
The Chicago defense has proven that it doesn’t have ability to prevent an excellent offense. We have seen good offenses humiliate them on national television multiple times this season. The Cowboys possess a top 10 offense and will try and continue that streak on Thursday night.
The best defense for the Bears will be a good offense, and which means Matt Forte needs to shine. The Cowboys’defense has improved from last year, but it’s still in the underside half the league in most defensive categories. The Bears are likely to need to control the clock, put points on the board and keep their defense off the field if they have any chance of staying competitive in this game and winning.
Based on history, it’s a great deal to hope that the Bears’defense can contain DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the remaining Cowboys’offensive attack. Which means Bears’offense will need to play well, specifically Forte.
The Bears are likely to have to ascertain the run which can be something they foolishly abandoned from the Detroit Lions, running the ball a paltry seven times in the game. Forte needs to see the ball regularly through the entire game; even if the running game can’t get established early, it’s critical never to abandon it like they did against Detroit. Forte needs to see at least 20 carries in the game.
Running the ball with Forte isn’t planning to be enough. Jay Cutler’s deep ball has not been good lately for whatever the reason. The Bears are likely to need to excel in the short passing game, which again means more Forte. Not just would be the Bears going to have to make use of him, but Forte will need to maximize out of those opportunities, breaking 1 or 2 short passes into 30-40 yard gains.
Winning this game will be extremely burdensome for Chicago. In order to come out on the top, they are likely to have to get Forte 30 touches in this game and hope that he can push 200 all-purpose yards against Dallas. If Forte plays like this, this means the Bears are controlling the clock and keeping Romo and company off the field. If Forte struggles and the Bears are punting the ball back to Dallas on a typical basis, you are able to expect Chicago to be on the incorrect end of another blowout.