Chicago (6-6) will host Dallas (6-6) this week at Soldier Field after both teams are coming off their Thanksgiving games. The Bears took care of the Lions last week as the Cowboys struggled losing to the Bills at home. This game has huge playoff implications as Chicago is trying to fight their way to the sixth seed, and Dallas needs a win to keep their lead in a dreaded NFC East. Also, both teams are heading in opposite directions. The Cowboys have lost three out of four games, as the Bears have won three out of four games. As of writing this, the Cowboys are three-point road favorites of the Bears. For line movement and matchup history, visit the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears matchup page.
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Coverage: FOX/NFL Network
Cowboys: G Connor Williams – Torn ACL (IR), DE Michael Bennett – Foot (Q), OLB Sean Lee – Pectoral (Q), WR Amari Cooper – Knee (Q)
Bears: WR Taylor Gabriel – Concussion (Q), T Bobby Massie – Ankle (Q), TE Ben Braunecker – Concussion (Q), ILB Danny Trevathan – Elbow (Q), CB Sherrick McManis – Groin (IR), TE Adam Shaheen – Foot (IR)
Dallas Cowboys Analysis
Dallas comes into this Thursday night matchup losing three of their last four games. Jason Garrett’s job is already being talked about after their 26-15 loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving. However, the Bears would be a team that they can turn the ship around on. The Cowboys offense is averaging a league-leading 6.5 yards per play. Also, Ezekiel Elliot is still one of the best running backs in the league averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season. The Bears have struggled to slow down the run since Akiem Hicks has been out, and something the Cowboys can take advantage of. However, during their first eight games, the Cowboys were averaging 28.4 points per game. Over their recent slump, that number has dropped to 20.8 points. Chicago’s defense is still very good, and can limit the Cowboys offense if they don’t make adjustments.
On defense, the Cowboys rank 19th in DVOA. This is a mediocre defense, but fortunately the Bears offense hasn’t been anything special this season. Dallas still ranks in the top-10 in points per game, yards per game, yards per play, and points per game. Their efficiency isn’t great, but they still rank in the top half in holding their opponents in points and yards. However, this defense has given up points to bad offenses this season. The Redskins scored 21 points, the Jets scored 24, the Lions score 27, and the Bills scored 26. Dallas is capable of having a clunker of a game defensively. The Bears offense has looked slightly better in recent weeks, so this will be a matchup to watch.
Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart
Chicago Bears Analysis
After starting the season 3-5, Chicago has won three of their last four games, and are playing their best stretch of football this season. Mitch Trubisky is coming off his best game of the season throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns in their Thanksgiving win over Detroit. Also, the Cowboys defense ranks 19th in DVOA, and have had a few bad games this season against bad offenses. If the Bears offense has turned a corner, then they could find a way to score points on this Cowboys defense. Dallas’s defense has allowed 23.5 points in their last four games, which included games against Buffalo and Detroit. Matt Nagy might be able to do enough with Chicago’s offense to get them the victory over Dallas.
The Bears defense has a big advantage going into this game on Thursday. As of writing this, the game time temperature will be in the low 30’s and winds around 15 mph. The Cowboys offense may struggle in these conditions given they play in a dome in Dallas. This happened a few weeks ago when they went to Foxborough and score nine points in New England. Despite having some injuries on defense, the Bears still rank sixth in DVOA, and holding teams to 17.3 points per game. The Cowboys offense has struggled by scoring less than 17 points in their last two games. Also, with winds close to 15 mph, Prescott could struggled to throw the ball. The Bears rank fourth in yards per pass allowed, so Chicago will have an edge over the Cowboys pass game.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Bears Defense
Another week, another opportunity to use the Bears defense. Last week, Chicago’s defense/special teams only racked up three points. This week should be different with Dallas coming to town. The December weather gives the Bears an advantage playing a dome team from the south. Also, the Cowboys offense has struggled over their last few weeks, and have shown any consistency against top-10 defenses. All things considered, the Bears defense should bounce back and have a big game in primetime.