Kickoff: Sunday, 7:15 CT
Television: NBC – Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
Series: 21st meeting. Dallas leads the series, 12-8. The Cowboys won the last meeting 21-7 in 2004. Dallas has won four of the last six meetings.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Sustaining drives against the Bears defense is difficult, but Cowboys QB Tony Romo has completed 12 of 18 passes and has a 141.7 passer rating on third downs this season. The Bears have an extremely quick defensive line and could cause significant problems if DT Tommie Harris is able to win the battle against C Andre Gurode and RG Leonard Davis on the interior. ... The Bears are looking to get WR Muhsin Muhammad more involved in the passing game. He has just two receptions, but the entire unit should get a boost with rookie TE Greg Olsen expected to play. The more weapons QB Rex Grossman can utilize, the more running room RB Cedric Benson should find.
Bears: Olsen (knee), Harris (hamstring) and P Brad Maynard (groin) are expected to play.
Cowboys: CB Terence Newman (plantar fasciitis tear) is getting closer and will be a game-time decision; LB Greg Ellis (Achilles) will miss at least one more game.
Cowboys WR Terrell Owens has 11,899 career receiving yards, 15th most in league history. ... The Bears are 15-3 in their past 18 home games.
Bears: After two weeks last season, Grossman led the NFL with a passer rating of 128.7 based on five touchdown passes and just one interception. This season he's ranked No. 32 with a 55.1 passer rating, thanks to three interceptions and one touchdown. He has also been sacked six times this season, compared to just one last season. ... DL Israel Idonije recorded 28 special-teams points last week for a blocked field goal, a tackle, 11 blocks and four knock-down blocks. It's the highest total in Lovie Smith's four years as head coach. ... OG Ruben Brown (shoulder) returned to practice for the entire session on Thursday. ... Harris (hamstring) was back on the practice field but in a limited capacity. ... C Olin Kreutz was back on the practice field but in a limited capacity, and he is expected to start on Sunday night. ... DE Alex Brown (ankle) returned to practice Thursday but was limited. ... Maynard (groin) was limited at Thursday's practice, but he is expected to play on Sunday.
Cowboys: Newman practiced for a second straight day without incident after missing two games with a tear in his right plantar fascia. He is expected to play on Sunday, but it will be game-time decision. ... Ellis has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bears. ... FB Deon Anderson has gotten extra reps in practice because the Cowboys are being cautious with starter Oliver Hoyte, who was banged up against the Dolphins. Hoyte is expected to play against the Bears, but look for Anderson to get more time. ... LB Bradie James has a team-high 18 tackles on the season and one sack, his first since 2005.
Cowboys 23, Bears 16.
Snapshot: Bears vs. Cowboys
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