The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys have a monster game coming up since they are both being questioned by essentially the entire landscape of the NFL as whether they are contenders.
Both quarterbacks have the flare for the dramatics and the offensive lines are both suspect (Romo looking for Ogeltree too much has not gotten Dez too pleased).
Whether we are looking at the number one ranked defense in Dallas (250 YPG) or Brandon Marshall standing up for himself against Warren Sapp, these two teams bring that sexy drama that the fans and media absolutely love.
They similarities between are eerily similar that it is borderline insane when you stop and think about it. Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray are two star backs that have been productive when healthy, but do not forget about Mr. Everything in Forte.
Outside of Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice, there has not been a more complete back that has been more important to his team. Forte is a freak athlete that can do a ton on the ground and in the passing game for quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cutler and Romo have taken a ton of heat and while the quarterback position is more pressured than any other position in sports, both signal-callers can perform as All-Pro stars when they are clicking.
The only issue is that they are far too inconsistent these days to be considered world beaters and the talent around them isn’t the best around at a consistent base, yet.
Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten are the sexy trio that wins division titles, but the three have done next to nothing this season.
Dez has failed to reach paydirt and many fantasy owner are feeling as if the current bust will ever pick up the slack.
20 targets worthy of 13 receptions and 164 yards is borderline garbage, and Romo needs to eye on him a lot more or else these Cowboys will be up to their same tricks of finishing up at 9-7 (and out of the playoff).
The NFC is deeper than seemingly ever before which means wins are coming at a premium and that you must protect your home field or else a disaster will ensue.
Chicago has Jacksonville coming up, so they can afford a loss on the road where they are not favored.
Plus, the NFC North is crap shoot right now despite the Packers still possessing Super Bowl talent on paper. The Lions need to get by the Vikings, as it is Minnesota who has the edge in records (2-1, as opposed to 1-2).
The Cowboys did defeat the Giants on the road, but a loss to Seattle on the road offset that which means they cannot suffer another tough loss.
Many need to realize that this game could be for a playoff spot with all of the potential tiebreakers down the road. Similar to Seattle’s huge victory over Green Bay last weekend, Dallas-Chicago should have even more on the line Monday night.
It isn’t just Cutler against Romo or Peppers/Melton/Briggs/Urlacher/Tillman against Ware/Spears/Spencer/Lee/Claiborne, this vital contest can go a far way into winning a division title.
The way it stands, both of these will be heading into their matchup with at least a share of the division lead and an added victory would carry their momentum towards an important month in October where the divisional contests begin.
Dallas has a bye week before going on the road to Baltimore, so this game would be considered more vital with the Bears facing the Jaguars before a bye week and a Monday Night home date with the Lions (10/22).
Brandon Marshall against Morris Claiborne will be a mouth-watering matchup to look forward to, but Austin-Tim Jennings and Bryant-Tillman are much watch television as well.
Give me the ‘Boys in what should be the most entertaining game of the entire weekend, at least on paper that is.
Time: 8:40 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Cowboys by 3.5
Danny V’s Pick: Cowboys 27, Bears 20