Pressure plagues Bears, Boys

Erratic play by Cutler, Romo attributable in part to O-line struggles

Originally Published: September 30, 2012
By Sam Monson | Pro Football Focus

In the lead-up to Monday night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, most observers will be discussing Tony Romo and Jay Cutler, the two talented but erratic quarterbacks who will go head-to-head in a crucial early game for both teams.

However, focusing directly on the QBs overlooks a major impact on how they play: their offensive tackles.

At Pro Football Focus, we've looked at the impact of pressure before, and the fact is that even if the play doesn't result in a sack, simply disrupting the quarterback has a significant negative effect on the passer and the passing game. If you can bring heat on the quarterback, you're making everybody else's job on defense easier. So, how will the offensive lines of the Bears and Cowboys fare against two of the best pass-rushers in the league on Monday night? Let's take a look.