The Dallas Cowboys have lost two games in a row and are in need of turning things around to stay atop the NFC East. They will have a good chance to turn things around on Thursday Night Football against the Chicago Bears.
The Cowboys will be on the road in this matchup and the temperature is going to be in the mid to high 30’s, but that doesn’t mean the Cowboys can’t win. Let’s look at four reasons the Cowboys will pick up their seventh win of the season against the Bears.
The Cowboys are dealing with plenty of injuries of their own, but one key injury is going to hurt the Bears in this game. All signs are pointing towards cornerback Prince Amukamara missing the game with a hamstring injury.
With the Cowboys wide receiver corps led by Amari Cooper that is a big loss. They might still find a way to take away Cooper, but that will lead Michael Gallup to have a big game. The Bears secondary is going to be at a major disadvantage in this game.
3. Coaching advantage
There is a very good chance Jason Garrett will be fired after this season. However, he still has a big coaching advantage in this game. Matt Nagy has had a lot of trouble making adjustments this season and hasn’t gotten the best out of Trubisky this season.
When the game is on the line, Nagy can’t be trusted to make the right decisions and that is going to hurt the Bears in this game.
2. Mitchell Trubisky
Everyone seems to be back on the Mitchell Trubisky bandwagon after playing well in the last two games, but people seem to forget who he was playing. Two games ago he threw for 278 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants, and in the last game against the Detroit Lions, he threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
Those stat lines are impressive, but those are two of the worst defenses in the league. On the season, the Lions are giving up 280.1 yards per game (30th) through the air while the Cowboys’ defense is strong against the pass giving up only 215.2 yards per game (8th). Trubisky is going to get back to his old terrible ways and will really struggle.
Trubisky is going to continue to miss wide-open receivers, and there is going to be a lot of criticism coming from the city of Chicago after his performance.
1. Ezekiel Elliott & Dak Prescott
To defeat the Bears’ defense, it takes a balanced attack. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will provide the Cowboys with exactly that. In their previous game, Elliott rushed only 12 times and was still able to put up 71 yards. There is no reason he can’t carry the ball 15 or 20 times and gain up to 100 yards.
Dak Prescott continues to look like one of the best players in football and is coming off a game where he threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He is making the right decisions and when the team needs a big throw, Prescott can be trusted.
Prescott and Zeke are going to lead the Cowboys to another key victory.