We were going to write up the Cowboys’ home opener against Tampa Bay last week, but on second thought, this week’s game against the Chicago Bears is a much more intriguing matchup. Heading into the second full season with Jason Garrett in charge, the Cowboys are still searching for an identity and are maddening –– they can beat the NFL’s elite but also blow games they should put away. This Monday night, they’ll be facing another talented team that has question marks hanging over it.
On one hand, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his array of skill players (including old buddy and new acquisition Brandon Marshall) are capable of torching a defense, as they did in Week 1 against Indianapolis, and even though Brian Urlacher says his knee isn’t the same, the Bears’ defense is still a unit to be feared until they prove they’re not. On the other hand, the offensive line remains sieve-like and capable of derailing the offense (as we saw in Week 2 against Green Bay). Don’t think that DeMarcus Ware isn’t drooling at the prospect of this game.
Much like Tony Romo, Cutler is hugely talented but has yet to convince the NFL pundits that he’s an elite player, however that’s defined. For what it’s worth, Romo sure seems like a nicer guy. We’ll see which of them walks off the Cowboys Stadium field a winner.