Goal to Go

The Bears front four will be hungry to get after Drew Henson in his first career NFL start.

Drew Henson, Cowboys quarterbackMichigan, will be forced into duty -- sooner than coach Bill Parcells wanted -- because of an injury to Vinny Testaverde.

Adewale Ogunleye/Alex Brown, Bears defensive ends
Let's hope the Bears' book ends have better luck against the Cowboys' offensive line than they did against the Colts. With Henson getting thrown to the wolves -- the Bears -- maybe Chicago can cause some pressure and force some turnovers.

Another key matchup
Thomas Jones, Bears running back
B It's the same story every week. The Bears need a legitimate running game to keep the pressure off of rookie QB Craig Krenzel. With 12 turnovers, Krenzel needs some help from Jones.

Dat Nguyen, Cowboys linebacker
The Cowboys' leading tackler is undersized, but he's quick and makes plays. Dallas will try to stabilize Jones and force Krenzel to go to the air to win.

Injury report
BEARS: OUT: LB Marcus Reese (foot); LB Brian Urlacher (lower leg). DOUBTFUL: G Ruben Brown (neck). PROBABLE: CB Charles Tillman (knee); CB Jerry Azumah (side); S Bobby Gray (groin).

(concussion); QB Vinny Testaverde (right shoulder). PROBABLE: WR Keyshawn Johnson (knee).

The series
Today's game is the 20th meeting between the Bears and Cowboys, with Dallas holding an 11-8 edge. Today's contest stands as the first time the Bears have played the Cowboys since Oct. 18, 1998, giving Dallas the distinction of being the NFC team that Chicago has gone the longest without facing. The only NFC teams the Bears have played less than the Cowboys are Seattle (eight games), which joined the NFC in 2001 after realignment, and Carolina (two games), which joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1995.

Road warriors
One of 13 teams in the NFL with a winning record on the road at 3-2 this season, the Bears head into Dallas attempting to earn their fourth road victory in a single season for the first time since 2001. Chicago went 6-2 away from Soldier Field that year, their best road record since posting 4-4 marks in three consecutive seasons from 1993-95. The 2001 season was the Bears first winning road campaign since going 5-3 in 1991.

The Bears' offense is No. 32 in passing yards, average gain per pass, first downs, average gain per play and third-down efficiency.

"We felt like we were further along. The Colts showed us that we really weren't that day, but we'll bounce back. We have a six-game season. Right now there's not a lot of room for error, and we're back up in a corner. Our backs are against the wall, and with the character that we have, I think the guys will come out fighting. It will make us better." -- Bears coach Lovie Smith on rebounding from the 41-10 loss to the Colts.

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