How you feeling? Cowboys-Bears

October, 1, 2012
10/01/12
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As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to host the Chicago Bears tonight on "Monday Night Football" on ESPN, here's one reason for Cowboys fans to feel good and one reason for concern.

Feeling good: The Cowboys' defensive front, even if linebacker Anthony Spencer is unable to play, should be able to generate pressure on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. And when that happens, Cutler gets upset and starts making mistakes and poor decisions. Given the Cowboys' strength on defense at linebacker and cornerback this year, that should offer the Cowboys a chance to make plays at the second level of the defense and flip the field, and possibly even score on defense.

Cause for concern: The Cowboys may have to win the game on defense, because it sets up very poorly for their struggling offense. The Bears excel at generating quarterback pressure with their four defensive linemen, which allows them to commit everyone else in coverage. And given the struggles the Cowboys have had so far on the offensive line, that's a recipe for big trouble in terms of Tony Romo's ability to give his receivers time to get open. The Cowboys' receivers also have struggled this year with the kind of press coverage they're likely to see from the Bears' defensive backs. This could be a very low-scoring game that favors the team that makes the fewest mistakes.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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