NFL Week 2 Matchup: Chicago Bears To Take Field As TD Underdogs Against Dallas Cowboys

September 17th, 2010 – by Alex

The Chicago Bears (1-0) will look to go on a two game winning streak as they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys (0-1) in this weekend’s NFL Week 2 Matchups. Starting at 1:00pm EST on Sunday, this game will be televised on FOX & DirecTV.

Continuing their preseason trend of poor play, the Cowboys ended up dropping their first game of the season to the Washington Redskins. The team’s offensive line seemed to struggle all evening as the Redskins’ defense walked all over them. Quarterback, Tony Romo was sacked only once for a loss of five yards, however, the Cowboys ended up with 12 penalties for a loss of 91 yards for the game. Further, they ended up losing the game on a holding penalty on what would have been the team’s touchdown reception.

Romo ended the game with 282 yards and one touchdown, competing 31-47 passes. The team’s ground game was also on point with 103 yards for 22 carries. Receiver, Miles Austin had a spectacular game catching 10 balls for 146 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, receiver, Dez Bryant came up with eight catches for 56 yards.

If the Cowboys want to bounce back in Week 2, they will have to put pressure on the Bears’ secondary. The only way that will happen is if the line stops committing bad penalties and lets Romo take advantage of the receiving weapons he has at his disposal. Continuing their strong running attack will also be key to the team’s success. Defensively, the team will need to put the stop on a Bears offensive attack that can break out at any point in the game.

The Bears ended up in one of the most controversial games of the last five years during Week 1. Leading over the Lions, Detroit’s receiver, Calvin Johnson caught what appeared to be the game winning touchdown for his team. However, because of a “lack of continuation” after the catch, the touchdown was waved off and the Bears won the game. The team will no doubt attempt to win this next game without the blind luck that guided them in Week 1.

Quarterback, Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in what many hoped would be a bounce-back campaign for him. The team ended up fumbling the ball four times, and lost the ball three of those times. Nevertheless, they were solid defensively as Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher both came up with a sack apiece. By the same token, Lance Briggs pitched in nine tackles.

The Bears will have to limit their mistakes against the Cowboys if they want to walk away from this road game with a win. The offense will have to continue to learn to play together, and they’re going to need more production from Cutler like they saw in Week 1, and not the circa 2009 Cutler that disappointed the entire city of Chicago with his lackluster, sporadic play. Defensively, Peppers and Urlacher will need to put pressure on the Cowboys offense and force them to make mistakes. Regardless of how they got their win against the Lions, a win is a win. Now it’s time for the Bears to ride the momentum.

Game Betting Lines: Despite losing last week in Washington, the Cowboys will take the field on Sunday as the decided favorite according to several sources for NFL Week 2 Betting Odds. Currently,the Cowboys are –7 for the game against the Bears with the over/under resting at 40.5 points.

Against The Spread Betting Trends: Head to head, the home team in this series has gone 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Cowboys are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games in September.

The Chicago Bears are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a losing record, yet just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games against NFL & NFC opponents. The Bears have been cold following an ATS loss going just 1-7 in their last 8 games within that scenario.

Straight Up Betting Trends: In their last 6 games, the Chicago Bears are 4-2 straight up however Dallas is 4-2 S.U. in their last 6 home games against the Bears.

Over/Under Betting Trends: The Under has gone 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these teams and the Cowboys’ games have gone to the under 4 out of the last 5 games at home. Beyond that, the Under has hit 13 of 16 games following a Bears ATS loss and 4 of 4 games following a Cowboys ATS loss. If there is one thing the NFL Betting Trends agree on, this game is going to the under.

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