The wounded Chicago Bears will be heading into AT&T Stadium Sunday evening for a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. As we all know, a wounded animal tends to be the most dangerous. The Cowboys can not afford to let their guard down. Dallas must corral the Bears and keep the positive momentum that began in game one.
The Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler is dealing with a thumb issue and is already ruled out. That has not always been good news for the Cowboys as they were beat by Cutler’s backup before. Brian Hoyer will take over as the Bears’ starter. The Cowboys have had problems with Alshon Jeffery getting lose. They will have to figure out how to take Jeffery out of his comfort zone.
The Cowboys will have issues with Alshon Jeffery once again because Orlando Scandrick will NOT be 100% for the game. Scandrick is among the walking wounded and is trying to work through strains to both hamstrings. Rookie corner Anthony Brown will get more reps this week. There is also a possibility that the way Morris Claiborne has stepped up his game, that he may draw coverage on Jeffery.
Moving Tyrone Crawford to defensive end while the team awaits the return of DeMarcus Lawrence was a good move by Rod Marinelli. It NEEDED to be done. Terrell McClain is playing his best football since becoming a Cowboy. He is no longer wounded and he is playing at a level that will make him hard to take off the field.
I must give credit to Justin Durant. I had ruled him out as a viable starter. He has proved me wrong. Durant played with such good instincts in the win at Washington that he has taken over for Anthony Hitchens in the middle. Putting Durant at the Mike will give the team more of a stout, point of attack run stopper.
Ezekiel Elliott’s pride may have been wounded when he was replaced by Alfred Morris after turning the ball over twice in the Redskins’ game. Look for Elliott to bounce back this week against the bears defense. Elliott got most of the dirty carries, and that is where he lost the ball twice. This will NOT happen again on Sunday. This will be Elliott’s game to share the spotlight with rookie sensation Dak Prescott.
Dallas needs to keep the momentum going forward. Tony Romo is recovering, but there is NO need to rush him back to the starting offense until he is healthy. The Cowboys look to be in great shape when Romo does make his return. This team is going to get fired up. I will see you at the Star!