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Week 8 Preview: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are home again this Sunday as they welcome their second straight North opponent to , the . Both teams are coming off a win; Dallas defeated the Lions 24-6, while the Bears handled the Patriots on , 33-14, to improve to 3-4 on the year.

The Cowboys sit at 5-2, firmly in the NFC playoff picture, but they need to ensure they don't overlook a Bears team who just ran for over 200 yards against a team in Foxborough.

I'm not expecting another five-turnover game, but the needs to continue to dominate Sunday to hold off the No. 1 rushing team in football. The Bears are averaging 181 yards per game, good for over five yards a carry, and they lead the in total rushing yards and yards per game.

What has been the Achilles' heel despite possibly being the best defense in football? The ability to stop the run.

The Cowboys have begun an attempt to address that problem by trading for Raiders DT on Tuesday afternoon.  said Wednesday he was unsure if he would be ready to play against the Bears. If he can, it would be a massive help to the interior.  currently has Hankins graded better against the run than every defensive except for .

The Bears' has struggled this season; they have given up 27 , the most in football. Expect and the crew to force Justin Fields to flush and use his legs to create big plays. I fully anticipate Fields, Khalil Herbert, and David Montgomery to have a solid game, but Darnell Mooney and the rest of the Bears pass catchers don't worry me.

On the other side of the ball, the Bears have some playmakers on defense despite trading three-time Pro Bowler to the Eagles yesterday. They have been solid in pass coverage, but if they pick a guy to attack, it should be Kyler Gordon.

sat out of practice Wednesday as he worked through a right knee . He took a hit against Detroit but played the rest of the game. With the Cowboys' following week eight, I would sit him Sunday to be careful.

They have another starting in . Use him early and often in both the run and , he is the team's game-changing player on , but we all already knew that.

I would love to see get involved this week; he was only targeted twice against the Lions. He is excellent on third down, and should find a way to get the ball into his hands on one of the most essential downs in football.

Speaking of Moore, I never want to see another reverse, something he ran twice last week. Once with and the other with . It puts them behind the chains, a waste of a down.

Stop being cute and just run the ball between the tackles.

This game will be tight early, and being from Illinois, all I will hear Sunday is trash talk, but once the game is over, all my buddies will go silent after the Cowboys roll in the second half and take care of business.

The Cowboys win this one 27-16.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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