The Chicago Bears harkened back to its golden era when the “Monsters of the Midway” prowled the heartland Sunday with a dominating defensive effort that lifted them to a 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams as 7-point home favorites Sunday. That’s the good news. On the flip side of that coin, quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears offense continued its struggles for a second consecutive week.
Now looming for the Bears is a trip to Big ‘D’ where they will face the 2-1 Dallas Cowboys.
First, the good. The Bears defense, which entered the game an acceptable 14th in in the NFL in total defense, will improve on that ranking by holding the Rams to just 160 yards of total offense while harassing quarterback Sam Bradford. The Rams signal-caller was sacked six times and threw two interceptions to the aggressive Bears defense.
Now, for the not so good. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler, who was coming off a dismal effort to the Packers a week ago, improved slightly with 183 yards through the air on 17 of 31 passing. The lone touchdown by the Bears offense was a short touchdown run by running back Michael Bush, who finished with 55 yards on 18 carries in place of the injured Matt Forte.
With that said, a win is a win in the NFL and the Bears’ backers at the betting windows were also rewarded with the cover. What is to happen at Dallas this week remains anyone’s guess to this point.
The Cowboys, coming off a loss to the Seahawks in Week Two, responded with an uninspiring 16-10 win as 9-point home favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. This contest features two offenses yet to get on track this season and it could come down to which team can keep mistakes at a minimum level. The Chicago Bears come into better focus as the NFL Picks week 4 progresses.