5 Keys To A Dallas Cowboys Win Over Chicago Bears
5 Keys To A Cowboys Victory
The Dallas Cowboys are getting ready to take on the Chicago Bears in their only Monday night appearance this season to end week 4. Both teams come in at 2-1 so getting a win to go 3-1 would be big for either team, especially the Cowboys since they have their bye week after this game and will be able to get some players healthy.
These two teams really do mirror each other, from their offensive line problems, to their sometimes erratic quarterbacks and right on down to their star edge rushers in DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers. In order the beat the Bears, here are 5 key things the Cowboys must to win the game.
1ST Key: The Cowboys must protect Tony Romo. The offensive line has been downright awful the past few weeks and they need to protect Romo from taking big hits from Julius Peppers or any other defensive player. The Cowboys quarterback may not survive this game if he takes the same shots he did against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys know they must do a better job of protecting Romo and they will be better this week, but will it be enough to escape with a win?
I would love to see Jason Garrett and the Cowboys offensive gameplan put Tony Romo on the move more. Roll him out of the pocket, run some play fakes designed to get him on the move, anything to not have him sitting back like a dead duck. He’s a fantastic quarterback outside of the pocket so let him get out and make plays.
Rob Ryan's Defense Needs To Bring Pressure
2ND Key: Rob Ryans’ defense needs to pressure Jay Cutler, I mentioned these teams were similar right? Cutler always seems to make a few poor decisions each game and the more pressure you put on him, the worse he gets. Frustrating Cutler has long been the key to beating him and the Cowboys have the players to do that
The Bears offensive line is also a work in progress so DeMarcus Ware and everyone else on the Cowboys defense should be able to get to the quarterback. Even if they don’t get sacks, pressure tends to make Cutler’s feet move and sometimes he’ll feel pressure when it’s not there. Ryan and the Cowboys defense must attack Cutler and force him into those bad throws.
The Cowboys Corners Can Matchup With Bears Receivers
3RD Key: The Dallas Cowboys corners need to make sure they play physical wide the Bears wide receivers. Cutler’s favorite target is Brandon Marshall, who is 6-4, 230 lbs, while fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery is 6-3 and 216 lbs. Those are big boys and the Cowboys are one of the few teams that have the cornerbacks with close to the size needed to matchup with them. Brandon Carr is 6-0, 210 lbs and rookie Morris Claiborne is 6-0, 185 lbs. Even though they are a little smaller than the Bears receivers, both Cowboys corners bring the type of physicality needed.
The Cowboys also have Orlando Scandrick to matchup with Devin Hester if he sees a lot of action on Monday night. The Cowboys stack up well against the Bears receiving core and they need to come up big if they want to get a win.
DeMarco Murray Needs To Be A Big Part Of The Game
4TH Key: The Cowboys need to be balanced on offense. The Chicago defense has played pretty well in the first few weeks and the key to beating them is to keep them guessing. If Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs know what you’re going to do all the time, you are in trouble. Dallas needs to pound away with DeMarco Murray in the running game. It’s fine if he doesn’t break any long runs but if he can sustain getting a few yards a carry it could allow Tony Romo to utilize the play fake and find open Cowboys receivers. Jason Witten should have a nice game going against Brian Urlacher in the middle of the field. Balance is key on offense.
Bears Special Teams Poses A Problem
5TH Key: Dallas must find a way to win the special teams part of the game. They haven’t been great on special teams so far this year, which is bad news with Devin Hester coming to town. To make matters worse, the Cowboys punter Chris Jones is hurt so Dallas had to go out and pick up punter Brian Moorman of the scrap heap. Not a good week to bringing in a replacement punter to kick to Hester, the game’s best returner.
The Cowboys also need to be better returning kicks of their own, especially on kick-offs. For the Cowboys the plan should be simple, kick away from Hester, make sure you protect your punter and try to get more yards on the Bears kicks. That'll do it.
This is going to be a close game because both teams appear very similar at this point in the season. If the Cowboys can play well and follow these keys to victory, they will be happy going into their bye week at 3-1 and on top of the division.