Bears vs Cowboys on SNF - 2016 Week 3 NFL Betting Preview

The Chicago Bears have once again produced disappointments, and it is clear that is going to be a very uphill battle for John Fox to turn this team around. At 0-2, Chicago is behind the eight-ball once in the NFC North, and the team will have to play on Sunday night without its starting quarterback. The Dallas Cowboys are doing their level best to stay afloat without THEIR starting quarterback, and they got some really encouraging signs last week from a first-year player. These teams will meet up in the Sunday night game, which kicks off at 8:30 PM ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Of course, if it’s Sunday night, that means NBC televises the game, and VietBet customers will get to watch it live and place wagers while the contest is in progress, using the facilities that are available through Live Betting Ultra.

Bears vs Cowboys – NFL Betting Line:

In the Sunday Night Football betting odds, posted by the people at VietBet, the Cowboys are laying points at home:

Dallas Cowboys -7
Chicago Bears +7
Over 44.5 points -110
Under 44.5 points -110

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Bears vs Cowboys Betting Trends:

Chicago Bears

  • Season record: 0-2 SU,0-2 ATS
  • The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their are last 7 games
  • The Bears is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games
  • The Bears is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on the road

Dallas Cowboys

  • Season record: 1-1 SU,1-0-1 ATS
  • The Cowboys are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The Cowboys are is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 7 games

Browns vs Dolphins – CJ’s Take:

The Cowboys, as most people know, have had to turn to Dak Prescott, their fourth-round draft choice, to take over after Tony Romo broke a bone in his back in the pre-season. Prescott was not considered by many to be ready for the NFL, but he had a sterling pre-season, and, after a choppy first game against the New York Giants, he came back and showed a lot of poise against the hated Washington Redskins last Sunday, being able to connect with the team’s top receiver, Dez Bryant, for 102 yards and then leading a game-winning touchdown drive at FedEx field.

There was another rookie in the Dallas lineup, first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott, and although he shows promise, he also makes rookie mistakes. Elliott fumbled the ball twice, which got him benched, and the Cowboys, who have committed themselves to him as their #1 option out of the backfield, cannot afford to see that.

Prescott is known as someone who can pull the ball down and run with it, although we have not seen a whole lot of that so far. In fact, we haven’t seen any of it, as he adapts the NFL and becomes a little bit more of a dropback quarterback. But what was very encouraging was that he was able to go a little bit more downfield in the second week, as he gained some confidence. Against the New York Giants in Week 1, he had only five yards per attempt, but he doubled that against the Redskins.

Jay Cutler has already been sacked eight times on the season, and that doesn’t say much for the Bears’ offensive line, which has a pair of Pro Bowl guards but is weak on the edges. Cutler injured his right hand while being sacked in Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a 29-14 loss, and he will give way to veteran Brian Hoyer, who will get the start in this game.

VietBet patrons remember Hoyer as a starter for the Cleveland Browns and then the Houston Texans, whom he led to an AFC South title last year. But then there was a meltdown in the wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

So what does all this mean? Well, Chicago is going to have to get better production out of its running game, and that, in turn, means that Jeremy Langford will have to improve on his three-yard per-carry average. As we mentioned, they have good interior linemen at the guard position, and that should help this team go “up the gut,” so to speak. Dallas is in a vulnerable position defensively, as they are missing a few starters who have to serve out suspensions. Through the first two games, the opposition has averaged 4.8 yards per carry against them.

If you look at the statistics, there is a wide gap between the ability of these two teams to convert in third-down situations. The Cowboys have been 55.2% successful, while Chicago has converted only 34.8% of the time. That is certainly surprising, inasmuch as there is a big experience gap at the quarterback position between these squads.

Next up for both teams:

  • Chicago is home to Detroit Sunday, October 2
  • Dallas visits San Francisco Sunday, October 2

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By Charles Jay