Man, remember when there was optimism for the season? That seems so long ago. The 0-2 Bears, after a rough game against the Eagles that could leave them without six starters, head into Dallas to face a 1-1 Cowboys’ team coming off a 27-23 win over their divison rival Washington. It’ll be the Bears’ second consecutive game against a rookie quarterback, although like Carson Wentz (190 yards, TD, 86.6 passer rating vs Chicago last week), Dak Prescott hasn’t turned the ball over yet.
Prescott goes up against a Bears’ defense that will be lacking Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan, and Harold Jones-Quartey; the Dallas defense likely gets a shot at a Jay Cutler-less Bears’ offense. Outside of the brief Josh McCown stint, this has not been a situation that has worked out for Chicago.
For the Navy and Orange, even though it’s only game three of a 16-game season, hope is fading fast. If they’re going to make a hard push for the postseason, getting on the right track as soon as possible would help. Even if the wheels are about to fall off, for better or worse, several young players should get their time to play - Deiondre’ Hall and Jacoby Glenn on the defensive side could be DB pieces for at least the near future, and offensively, Cody Whitehair is surviving his baptism by fire at center and Jordan Howard should start seeing some more action.
That being said, it’s gameday. Anything’s possible on gameday.
Some WCG Linkage in case you missed anything this week:
Week 3 Game Preview (Sam) | WCG Staff Predictions | 5Qs With Blogging the Boys (Jeff) | WCG and CSN Preview Bears vs Cowboys (Les)
Bears Injures: Who Will Step Up? (Les) | Injury Report (Les)
The Future: Bears Must Stick With the Plan (Sam) | Trading for Garoppolo? (Dane) | Is Cutler Done? (Josh) | John Fox’s Approval Rating
What’s Wrong with the Offense? (Les)
Two Bears Made PFF’s Positional Worsts (Dane)
If you haven’t already, read Jack’s interview with Peanut Tillman. It’s awesome stuff.
Procedures for today are a little different with the night game. We’ll have the opening slate’s open thread right at noon Central Time, with the late slate immediately following. The first quarter thread for Bears/Cowboys will go live right at 7:20 PM CT with subsequent quarter threads as the game goes on. We’ll have a recap immediately following with Notes at 6 AM CT the next day.
All that being said, with the propers out of the way, Bear Down!
This week marks the return of the WCG Sunday Livestream, and all apologies for things being a bit spotty in the early going here, as there’s been a lot going on. Of course, in the Bears’ world, there’s been a lot going on too! So Sam and I will discuss that with you for about two hours this morning. Sound good?
Of course, if you want to get in touch with us...
- Right here in this comment thread. No, please, don’t go anywhere, we have candy!
- Over on the Twitch side, right here!
- Or over on the Twitters. I’m at @SJS_illini, he’s at @SamHouseholder.
We’ll be live at 9:30 AM CT in this little window right down here. See ya then.
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