Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Cowboys

The NFL experts from The Sports Xchange chip in with everything you need to know before Sunday's contest, as the Chicago Bears take on the favored Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 at Cowboys Stadium.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 12:00 Central
Surface: FieldTurf
Television: FOX – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Series History: 20th regular-season meeting. Cowboys lead, 11-8. Dallas won the most recent meeting 34-7 in 2007. The Cowboys have also won both postseason encounters, 17-13 in 1991 and 37-7 in 1977.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Cowboys must stop the run and force Bears quarterback Jay Cutler into turnovers. He will throw it to the other team when pressured. Offensively, they must stick to the run and finish drives. That means cutting down on penalties that have killed drives. The Cowboys had five drives of seven plays or more against the Redskins but scored only one touchdown on a short-field drive of six plays.

FAST FACTS
Tony Romo has now started 56 games and owns a 38-18 record as a starter. He has completed 1,193 of 1,880 passes for 15,065 yards, 105 TDs and 52 INTs in those starts. ... Cutler has a 16-0 record when he has a passer rating of 100 or better. It's the best record percentage-wise in the NFL.


LB Nick Roach
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
LB Lance Briggs (ankle) was not limited at practice, and he will play Sunday barring any setbacks. ... RB Matt Forte (knee) was a full participant at Thursday's practice after being limited on Wednesday. ... WR Devin Aromashodu, who led the wideouts with five catches and 71 yards last week, was a full participant in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. ... LB Nick Roach (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice and isn't expected to play on Sunday. ... LB Rod Wilson, who was signed as a free agent Wednesday night after Hunter Hillenmeyer was placed on injured reserve with a concussion, will probably be asked to contribute on special teams this week. Hillenmeyer was a four-phase player on special teams.

Cowboys: K David Buehler, who missed a 34-yarder against the Redskins in his first ever attempt in the NFL, has caused the Cowboys some concern. Yet the Cowboys continue to be patient with the unproven kicker and have not even thought about an alternative. ... FB Deon Anderson is out two to four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Chris Gronkowski will start in his place. ... LB DeMarcus Ware was limited in practice on Thursday with a concussion, but he is expected to play against the Bears on Sunday. ... OT Marc Colombo and G Kyle Kosier practiced again Thursday without incident. Both said they felt good and will make their season debuts against the Bears. Coach Wade Phillips said backups Alex Barron and Montrae Holland will play against the Bears, as the Cowboys will continue to be cautious and not try to overload Colombo and Kosier in their first game back.

PREDICTION
Cowboys 28, Bears 14.


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