Preview: Chicago at Dallas

When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 25, 2016
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas


The Chicago Bears lost their starting quarterback in Monday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but don't expect to garner much sympathy from their next opponent. Journeyman Brian Hoyer will step in for the injured Jay Cutler for the Bears, who attempt to avoid an 0-3 start when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

With starter Tony Romo sidelined by a back injury, the Cowboys were forced to start the season with rookie Dak Prescott, who earned his first victory last week by guiding a late touchdown drive in a 27-23 win at Washington. "He exudes confidence," Dallas owner Jerry Jones said about Prescott, a fourth-round draft pick out of Mississippi State. "He's got a great supporting cast, but he's using it." Hoyer is with his fifth NFL team but has ample experience in pressure situations, starting nine games for Houston last season and 13 games for Cleveland in 2014. "Whether you're the starter or the backup or the third guy, you prepare every week like you're the starter," Hoyer said. "Just prepare like you're going to play and take it one day at a time and come Sunday, we'll see what happens."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Cowboys -7. O/U: 44.5

ABOUT THE BEARS (0-2): Chicago not only flat-lined in the 29-14 home loss to the Eagles on Monday night, but came away with a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball. In addition to Cutler (thumb), leading wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) did not practice Thursday while the defense is expected to be without nose tackle Eddie Goldman and linebackers Danny Trevathan and Lamarr Houston, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Hoyer has a career 15-11 record as a starter but could use a boost from the running game after Jeremy Langford was held to 28 yards on 11 carries Monday. Chicago ranks ninth overall in total defense despite allowing 52 points in two games.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (1-1): Prescott drew rave reviews during the preseason and has not looked out of place while subbing for Romo, setting an NFL record for the most passes without an interception (75) in a player's first two games. Prescott threw for 292 yards and ran for a touchdown while finding a steady connection with start wideout Dez Bryant, who had seven receptions for 102 yards against the Redskins after opening the season with one catch for eight yards. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown last week, but found himself on the bench during crunch time after fumbling. The Cowboys' defense has been vulnerable to the pass, giving up an average of 276.5 yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bryant needs one touchdown to become the fourth player in franchise history to score 60.

2. Jeffery has a touchdown catch in his of his two matchups with the Cowboys.

3. Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, who scored twice in Dallas' 41-28 win over Chicago in 2014, has 13 catches in the first two contests.

PREDICTION: Cowboys 26, Bears 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Chicago 0-2 L2 14.0 26.0 0-1 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1
Dallas 1-1 W1 23.0 21.5 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 1-1

Last Meeting

Chicago Dallas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/4/14 DAL 41 CHI 28 376 35 341 397 194 203

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CHI J. Cutler 69.6 341 2 1
DAL T. Romo 80.8 205 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CHI M. Forte 13 26 2.0 1
DAL D. Murray 32 179 5.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CHI A. Jeffery 6 95 15.8 1
DAL D. Bryant 6 82 13.7 0
TDs Player TD
CHI M. Bennett 1
DAL C. Beasley 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CHI J. Cutler 60.9 373 1 2
DAL D. Prescott 62.7 519 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CHI J. Langford 28 85 3.0 2
DAL E. Elliott 41 134 3.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CHI A. Jeffery 9 201 22.3 0
DAL C. Beasley 13 140 10.8 0
TDs Player TD
CHI J. Langford 2
DAL E. Elliott 2

Quickchart Matchup

Chicago Off vs  Dallas Def
271 yards
374 yards
3.6 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt
Dallas Off vs  Chicago Def
354 yards
312 yards
3.4 yards/rush
3.4 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
5.7 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chicago Overall Dallas
0-2 W/L 1-1
0-2-0 ATS 1-1-0
1-1-0 O/U 1-1-0
14.0 Pts For 23.0
26.0 Pts Against 21.5
Chicago A/H Dallas
0-1 W/L 0-1
0-1-0 ATS 0-1-0
0-1-0 O/U 0-1-0
14.0 Pts For 19.0
23.0 Pts Against 20.0