Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Tony Romo and Jay Cutler have come under fire for less-than-stellar performances thus far this season. While their respective stat lines haven’t been aesthetically pleasing, the end results have still been promising. Both quarterbacks will look to guide their respective teams to an impressive 3-1 start when Romo’s Dallas Cowboys host the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
The clubs rode solid defensive efforts to their victories last week as Dallas held Tampa Bay to just 166 total yards en route to a 16-10 victory. Not to be outdone, Chicago benefited from six of its NFL-leading 14 sacks in last week’s 23-6 triumph over St. Louis. The Cowboys’ beleaguered offensive line is on notice after committing several penalties while struggling with pass protection.
ABOUT THE BEARS (2-1): Cutler has been erratic at best this season, and will now have to keep a wary eye on right outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (four sacks). Left tackle J’Marcus Webb, who was on the receiving end of a sideline shove from Cutler, will bear most of the responsibility for protecting his quarterback. Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte resumed practicing after injuring his ankle against Green Bay in Week 2, but it’s unknown how much – if at all – he’ll play on Monday. Michael Bush had 55 yards last week and scored his third touchdown of the season.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (2-1): Dallas would be well served to get DeMarco Murray untracked. The Cowboys’ starting rusher had an 11-yard touchdown last week, but mustered just 38 yards on 18 carries – with seven of those coming for a loss. Keeping Bears stud wide receiver Brandon Marshall in check would be wise as well. Marshall has scored a touchdown in both career contests versus Dallas, but he’ll likely be paid a visit by Gerald Sensabaugh. The safety missed last week’s game with a calf strain, but expects to play on Monday.
1. Dallas S Danny McCray will replace starter Barry Church, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. In addition, the Cowboys signed punter Brian Moorman to fill in for an injured Chris Jones (sprained knee).
2. Cutler’s passer rating of 58.6 is second worst among qualifiers, ahead of only Miami rookie Ryan Tannehill (58.3).
3. Although Dallas boasts big CBs Brandon Carr and rookie Morris Claiborne, no member of the team’s secondary has an interception this season. Cutler, who has thrown six, is tied with Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden and Philadelphia’s Michael Vick for the most this season.