MNF Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys
Two teams looking for their third win on the season will square off tonight on Monday Night Football. The Chicago Bears (2-1 ATS) will travel to the Big D to take on the Tony Romo lead Dallas Cowboys (1-2 ATS). Both teams have glaring holes on their offensive line which could be a big issue tonight. Chicago leads the NFL with it’s 16 sacks, but their offensive line has given up 11 sacks in only three games.
Matt Forte (ankle) is expected to play after missing last weeks game, which should help out the entire Bears offense.
Here is our Pick Against the Spread for Monday Night Football. Home teams in ALL CAPS with lines courtesy of betus.com, with additional stats via bangthebook.com:
Chicago +3 over DALLAS
The Dallas Cowboys have been a horrible team to bet on for Monday Night football, as they’ve gone 1-6 against the spread over their past seven tries, compared to Chicago who is 8-3 ATS over the last elven games on the road on Monday night.
If Dallas want any chance at winning this game they will have to establish the run early to keep pressure off of Tony Romo. In their last two weeks Dallas has abandoned the run with DeMarco Murray, which you don’t want to do against a very good Chicago defense. The Cowboys have always been known for their dynamic offense, but it has been their defense this season that has been a pleasant surprise, as they are only giving up 18 points per game, compared to scoring only 16 points per game. Romo must be sharp tonight and not turn the ball over like he has in the past.
Jay Cutler has his own problems of turning the ball over and making errant throws down the field, but Matt Forte and Michael Bush will take a lot of pressure off of him tonight.
Dallas is 1-5 ATS over their past six games at home. I’ll take the Cowboys to win the game, 21-20, but give me the three points that the Bears are getting.