|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.2||1-2||3-0||24.0||12.7||290.7||(5.4)||0.7||31.3||18.3||428.7||(6.6)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||27.4||12.7||19.7||29:25||21-85||(4.1)||24-37||64.8%||244||(6.7)||57-330||(5.7)||(12)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.6||12.4||20.6||30:03||27-110||(4.1)||23-36||62.4%||253||(7)||63-362||(5.8)||(14.7)|
|Offense Road Games||20.8||11.3||18.2||28:06||20-77||(3.8)||22-36||60.6%||222||(6.1)||56-298||(5.3)||(14.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.2||11.3||24.2||30:35||26-127||(4.8)||26-40||64.3%||295||(7.3)||67-422||(6.3)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.7||12.3||20.9||30:18||27-119||(4.3)||22-36||61.5%||251||(7)||63-370||(5.8)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||25.2||10.2||26.0||31:54||29-149||(5.2)||27-41||65.4%||301||(7.3)||70-450||(6.5)||(17.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.5||1.1||1.0||12-4||35.0%||0-0||0.0%||2-71||(28.3)||2-25||(11.5)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||2||13-5||38.3%||1-0||42.9%||2-61||(24.8)||22-2||(10)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.7||11-3||26.1%||0-0||0.0%||3-82||(25.9)||2-20||(9.5)||8-55|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||1.0||2.1|| ||13-5||40.8%||1-1||56.2%||2-51||(21)||2-20||(7.8)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.8||1.9|| ||14-5||39.4%||1-0||46.3%||3-61||(23.3)||19-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||35.9%||1-1||66.7%||1-32||(21.7)||2-16||(8.7)||8-58|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||0-3||2-1||21.3||11.0||407.7||(6.4)||1.3||28.3||16.0||406.3||(6)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||26.9||14.7||21.1||30:52||25-110||(4.4)||24-37||64.0%||271||(7.2)||62-381||(6.1)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.8||12.4||19.9||30:06||27-110||(4.1)||22-36||61.8%||245||(6.9)||62-355||(5.7)||(14.3)|
|Offense Home Games||23.7||14.2||20.7||30:12||24-93||(3.8)||24-37||64.7%||273||(7.4)||61-366||(6)||(15.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.7||16.5||21.3||30:46||31-154||(5)||19-32||61.2%||232||(7.4)||62-386||(6.2)||(14)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.7||11.5||20.3||31:40||27-111||(4.1)||22-37||60.7%||251||(6.8)||64-362||(5.7)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||23.2||15.5||19.8||30:51||29-116||(4)||20-32||63.2%||230||(7.3)||61-345||(5.7)||(14.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.3||0.6||12-5||37.8%||1-0||60.0%||4-96||(24)||1-14||(11.1)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.4||1.8||14-5||37.5%||1-1||54.4%||3-64||(24.5)||20-2||(9.4)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.5||1.2||0.8||13-6||44.2%||1-0||40.0%||3-94||(29.6)||1-6||(5.7)||6-56|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9|| ||13-5||39.6%||1-1||70.0%||2-53||(21.4)||1-9||(9.1)||4-40|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||14-5||39.5%||1-0||45.4%||3-64||(23.7)||21-2||(10)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.5||0.5||2.0|| ||14-7||47.6%||1-1||66.7%||3-63||(23.6)||1-4||(5.5)||4-41|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 20.3, CHICAGO 20.5|
|11/10/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||17-49||L||6.5||L||55||O||16-89||10-24-104||0||38-242||34-41-383||1|
|11/24/2013||@ NY GIANTS||24-21||W||2.5||W||44.5||O||20-107||23-38-220||1||30-202||16-30-154||1|
|12/9/2013||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/15/2013||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2013||@ GREEN BAY||27-20||W||10||W||50.5||U||33-171||22-41-271||0||29-199||12-21-113||1|
|11/24/2013||@ ST LOUIS||21-42||L||2.5||L||45.5||O||26-80||36-47-344||3||29-258||10-22-148||0|
|12/9/2013||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/15/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DALLAS: Jason Garrett will give up his play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan this year. That should mean more work for the running game after a year in which the Cowboys were the second-most pass-heavy team in football (66.2 percent). Callahan is an O-Line guru who has built a quality zone-blocking scheme in Dallas. DeMarco Murray will continue to take a true No. 1 workload, with a battle for carries behind him. Rookie Joseph Randle fits the system and should be the long-term No. 2, though either scat back Lance Dunbar or big back Phillip Tanner could hold the job early.
Garrett runs an aggressive Air Coryell passing game, though it figures to be reigned in a bit after last year's pass-heavy play-calling. The Cowboys use a lot of two-back base looks, though later in the year they might start using Miles Austin in the slot and Terrence Williams outside. Dez Bryant is now the clear-cut No. 1 option on most plays, getting the ball any time he's in single coverage on the outside. Romo often comes back to TE Jason Witten, heavily used as an intermediate-to-short target. Austin does more catch-and-run work over the middle and will stretch the seam. Garrett is willing to keep it on the ground in the red zone, with Murray the primary goal line back.
Dallas will switch to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and D-Line coach Rod Marinelli, the DC for Chicago's amazing 44-turnover defense last year. This will hopefully increase the team's paltry 16 takeaways as DeMarcus Ware (111 career sacks) shifts to DE, Sean Lee mans the MLB spot and Bruce Carter explodes from the WLB position. The Cowboys also inked two new starters via free agency, SLB Justin Durant and FS Will Allen. Young CBs Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr are both developing nicely.|
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer coached the line and running backs during his tenure in New Orleans (he'll also coach the O-Line this season), and the Saints ran a sophisticated and versatile running scheme. Expect both man and zone blocking from the Bears, and they'll likely be running out of spread looks much more often than last year. Matt Forte is still the lead rusher, and he'll stay on the field on third downs as one of the league's best passing down backs. Michael Bush will spell him and take a third of the workload, including the majority of short-yardage runs and goal-line carries.
New head coach Marc Trestman will run an offense more like what Jay Cutler ran in Denver. They'll use a lot of spread looks with more quick-hitters, short hitches and slants. Brandon Marshall is the primary target, a possession receiver who does most of his work facing the line of scrimmage. Alshon Jeffery will likely work underneath a little bit more in his second season. Slot receiver Earl Bennett should see an uptick in reps, though he's been marginalized by Marshall. TE Martellus Bennett will likely get the chance to flex out more, and Forte will catch plenty of screens. The Bears figure to lean heavily on the backs in the red zone, and when they do throw, Cutler usually force-feeds Marshall.
New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker won't tinker much with this defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways, including eight pick-sixes. DE Julius Peppers (111.5 career sacks) is still a menace, CBs Tim Jennings (NFL-high 9 INT) and Charles Tillman (10 FF, 3 TD) are outstanding, and 24-year-old SS Major Wright (4 INT) is a rising star in this league. New MLB D.J. Williams is a suitable replacement for the retired Brian Urlacher, working alongside accomplished WLB Lance Briggs and new SLB James Anderson.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DALLAS-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Cutler, Briggs out)
*Cowboys-Bears Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
While Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have generally struggled in December, they're hoping to see their recent efforts carry over into the regular-season's final month.
The Chicago Bears, meanwhile, are headed in the opposite direction.
Looking to continue their quest for the NFC East crown, the visiting Cowboys go for a season-high third straight win Monday night against the slumping Bears, who will be without Jay Cutler yet again.
After pulling out a 24-21 road win over the New York Giants on Dan Bailey's last-second field goal in Week 12, Dallas (7-5) stormed back to beat Oakland 31-24 on Thanksgiving Day. DeMarco Murray ran for a career-high three touchdowns as the Cowboys erased a 21-7 deficit.
"I don't know how you can get any better practice with a lot on the line than to have a game like that," owner Jerry Jones said. "I think that's something our team can build on that's what you hope to have happen with three or four positive endings to maybe get ready to have a big year."
Dallas, which has won five of seven, remains neck-and-neck with Philadelphia for first place in the division. While Jones is hoping to see his team stay hot down the stretch, the Cowboys have compiled a 13-17 record in December since Romo took over as the starting quarterback in 2006.
Romo, who missed more than half of 2010 due to injury, is 11-15.
"We've always known that what they remember is what you do in December," Jones told the team's official website. "We need to change that. That was our goal this year. And we've got a chance to do something about it this year."
Coach Jason Garrett isn't putting too much stock into those past results.
"You hear me say this all the time, but we're focused on winning one game," Garrett said. "We want to e good ballgame. That's really what we're focused on. We'll let everyone else figure out what the history of the world is."
It's been a rough couple weeks for the Bears (6-6), who were blown out 42-21 at St. Louis on Nov. 24 before suffering a wild 23-20 overtime defeat at Minnesota last Sunday. Chicago had a chance to win with just over four minutes left in OT but Robbie Gould missed a 47-yard field goal on second down.
While running another play or two may have put the Bears in better position, coach Marc Trestman doesn't regret his decision.
"I didn't do it from an analytics standpoint. I did it from having been around Robbie the entire year and knowing how he kicks the ball," Trestman said of Gould, whose field goal percentage of 85.8 ranks third-highest in NFL history dating to 1938.
Despite dropping six of nine, the Bears are just one game behind first-place Detroit in the North.
"We've got to put up a win in the win column," backup quarterback Josh McCown said. "The standings don't matter if you don't win football games."
Cutler has missed the last three games with a high left ankle sprain and was ruled out again despite practicing on a limited basis Thursday. McCown has played well in his absence, however, throwing for 923 yards, five touchdowns and one interception for a 103.8 quarterback rating in his last three games.
McCown had 355 yards against the Vikings, finding Alshon Jeffery 12 times for a team-record 249 yards and two scores. The Bears' passing game could be in for another big performance against the Cowboys, who are surrendering an average of 294.9 yards through the air to rank 31st in the NFL.
"There's a whole lot of football to be played. We show signs of having enough to finish, of playing offensively well enough to finish, of doing things we need to get done," Trestman told the Bears' official website. "But we haven't done it on a consistent basis over the last month. We've got to start on Monday night and do that. That was the message: Let's worry about what we can control and that's being at our best on Monday night against the Cowboys."
Dallas could get a boost with linebacker Sean Lee (pulled hamstring) expected to return following a two-game absence. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder), though, remains out.
Chicago is seeking a third consecutive victory over the Cowboys after winning 34-18 in Dallas on a Monday last October. Cutler threw for 275 yards and two TDs while Romo was picked off a career high-tying five times.
Chicago is among the league leaders with 15 interceptions, but its run defense has been abysmal. The Bears are allowing an average of 205.2 rushing yards and 5.9 yards per carry in the last six games.
Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, who was signed Nov. 6, could be out for revenge against his former team. Ratliff was cut in October after spending the first eight years of his career with Dallas.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 6:40:20 PM EST|