MNF Week 4 Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys 10/01/2012
Eric Roberts 2012-10-01 in SBO Weekly
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys -3 OvUn 41.5 8:30 EST
MNF is an all NFC affair this week as the Bears head to Cowboys Stadium.
The Bears come into the game with a 2-1 record after a 23-6 victory in St. Louis last week. The other win was at Indianapolis Week 1, and the loss came on a Thursday night two weeks ago at Green Bay. Chicago defense stifled the Rams’ offense recording six sacks and an interception, and currently lead the league in sacks with 14. Matt Forte is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury; Michael Bush will get the start if Forte can’t go.
Dallas also comes in with a 2-1 record, and got an ugly win last week in Tampa Bay last week, 16-10. The Cowboys were turnover prone and couldn’t get their offense going against a suspect Tampa defense. The Cowboys knocked off the Superbowl Champion Giants in Week 1, and got blown out against Seattle in Week 2. After three weeks, the Cowboys currently have the NFL’s number one defense.
The line opened at Dallas -3 and has not moved much, though some bookmakers have the number at Dallas -3.5 now. The Total has come down a lot from the opener of 45, down to 41.5.
This is a very important game for both teams to keep pace in the NFC, and in their tough divisional races. Though, a close matchup, the Cowboys will destroy the Bears in the battle of the trenches. Anyone who has watched a Bears game this season knows that the o-line can’t protect Cutler. He’s hurried on nearly every play, and the Bears passing offense has been very sporadic. The Cowboys number one ranked defense and athletic defensive line will be hard for one of the worst offensive lines in the league to handle. On top of that, Matt Forte will likely not play, costing the Bears their best offensive playmaker in a power running offense.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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