Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys: Sunday Night Unveiling

Cowboys rookies Ezekiel Elliott (left) and Dak Prescott (right) need to be on the same page against the Bears. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Dallas Cowboys rookies RB Ezekiel Elliott (left) and QB Dak Prescott (right) need to be on the same page against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison

By Zach Walker

Game Info
Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys
Sunday – September 26 – 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC
AT&T Stadium – Arlington – Texas

Records Before the Game
Chicago Bears (0-2, 0-1 Away)
Dallas Cowboys (1-1, 0-1 Home)

Who do the Cowboys need to shut down?
RB Jeremy Langford – The Bears aren’t going to have Jay Cutler for Sunday night, so they could be a better team, might not be. The Bears chose to go with youth rather than resign Matt Forte and through two games, Langford isn’t generating the same buzz that he was during his rookie year. But the Cowboys have let runs slip through when they needed to have had them bottled up. If it isn’t going to be Jay Cutler, it’s likely that they’ll try and balance the attack and keep the ball under their control. Langford is a highly capable back, and could be forced to carry the load if the Cowboys can dictate the passing game.

Who on the Cowboys, needs to step up?
WR Terrence Williams – I liked the treatment of Terrence Williams by Dak Prescott. The rookie quarterback didn’t get Williams the ball on Sunday in Washington. Perhaps that’s because he wasn’t open or maybe it’s because of that finish against the Giants. That’s solid leadership, dog-housing him. But having more outside threats will benefit the Cowboys’ quarterback and other wide receivers during the course of the season. Terrence Williams needs to get back in the good graces of his quarterback and coaching staff.

Which group will give the Cowboys fits?
The Bears’ Wide Receivers – Though the Bears had their primary quarterback go down for a few weeks, can anyone really say that the Bears aren’t immediately in a better position. Brian Hoyer is capable for a few games a season. The Bears have Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White to combat the Cowboys downfield. Jeffery is dealing with a hamstring injury that could keep him out of the game, though it’s best to assume that he’ll be ready game time. The Cowboys’ cornerbacks have played well through two games, but the team might elect to sit Orlando Scandrick, who is dealing with his own hamstring issues.

Which group will give the Bears fits?
The Cowboys’ running backs – I don’t know what all of this ‘What’s wrong with Zeke’ BS is, but I’ll tell you that he’s two &%$#-ing games into his NFL career, so calm down. He looks over-amped and too eager to get into a play and isn’t letting it unfold in front of him. Whatever it is, it’ll sort itself out over the course of sixteen games. Alfred Morris looks as good as ever and is such an ace up the sleeve to have him to spark the ground game or give Elliott a series off. It looks like Danny Trevathan will not be playing, which will likely open up good doors to run through. Eddie Goldman is a problem at defensive tackle, but beyond that, the Bears aren’t a very good defensive team.

What will it take for the Cowboys to win?
Dictate the game. This is a wounded team coming into AT&T Stadium, and the Cowboys should come out and turn it up to eleven early and really put the Bears’ feet to the fire.

Prediction: Dallas 34 – Chicago 17