Early NFC showdown could determine Bears' fate in 2007

Things remain unsettled for the 1-1 Bears, who face their first major NFC test when they play host to the Cowboys on Sunday, John Clayton writes.

Updated: September 22, 2007, 12:12 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Opening in San Diego, the Bears weren't given any favors by the schedule-makers. Although Chicago stayed with the Chargers for three quarters, the Bears lost a low-scoring game and two defensive starters (Mike Brown, Dusty Dvoracek) to season-ending injuries.

But a loss to a top AFC team won't destroy the Bears. The real pressure for Chicago begins Sunday night when it hosts Dallas in a game that could determine whether the Bears will repeat as NFC champs.

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