8:30 PM ET, December 9, 2013
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
In the past Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have faced difficult times in December, however this time around they’re hoping to see their recent efforts show now that they’re in the regular-season’s final month.
YouWager experts believe the Chicago Bears are doing pretty much the opposite.
Looking to further their success in the chase of the NFC East crown, the visiting Dallas team goes for a season-high third straight victory tonight versus the slumping Chicago, who will have to do without Jay Cutler yet again.
After pulling out a 24-21 road victory versus the New York Giants on Dan Bailey’s last-second field goal in Week 12, the Cowboys (7-5) destroyed the Oakland Raiders 31-24 on Thanksgiving Day. DeMarco Murray ran for a career-high three touchdowns as Dallas erased a 21-7 deficit.
The Cowboys, which have won five of seven, are still neck-and-neck with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the division. While Jerry Jones would like to see his team stay hot down the stretch, Dallas has compiled a 13-17 record in December since Romo took over as the starting quarterback in 2006.
The 33 year-old QB, who missed more than half of 2010 due to injury, is 11-15.
It’s been difficult the last couple weeks for Chicago (6-6), who was blown out 42-21 versus the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 24 before suffering a wild 23-20 overtime loss versus the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.
Online sports wagering experts consider the Bears had an opportunity to win with just over four minutes left in OT but Robbie Gould missed a 47-yard field goal on second down.
While running another play or two may have put Chicago in better position, coach Marc Trestman doesn’t regret his decision.
Even while dropping six of nine, the Bears are just one game behind first-place Detroit Lions in the North.
The Bears are looking for a third consecutive win versus Dallas after winning 34-18 in Texas on a Monday last October. Cutler threw for 275 yards and two TDs while Romo was picked off a career high-tying five times.
The Bears are among the NFL leaders with 15 interceptions, but its run defense has been abysmal. Chicago is allowing an average of 205.2 rushing yards and 5.9 yards per carry in the last six games.