Originally written on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/6/14

Three weeks into the 2012 season and the Bears' offense is amongst the worst in the NFL and on Monday Night will face one of the best defenses.  The Dallas Cowboys lead the league in total defense, and are second overall in pass defense and are likely to be more than up to the task of shutting down the Bears.

What will it take for the Bears to find some semblance of offensive momentum in this game?  The improvement the Bears would have to make on offense from last week's ineptitude to this week's match up against the Cowboys would have to be something short of miraculous.  This isn't an overstatement, rather an indictment of the match up problems the Cowboys bring to the table for the Bears.

On defense the Cowboys do best precisely what the Bears have trouble against the most.  The match up problem starts with J'Marcus Webb being the guy who has to block the best defensive player in the NFL in DeMarcus Ware.  From there the way Rob Ryan attacks with his multiple front defenses only complicates things for an offensive line that has been overwhelmed by exotic pressure looks.

This Dallas defense blitzes a lot, and blitzes well and does it from all angles of the field.  They stunt off their blitzes they bring delayed blitzes they do everything that the Bears have proven unable to handle.

To give you an idea of how bad the Bears have been on offense, they have faced 19 situations where they have been faced with 3rd down and 10-plus situation through the first three games.  Beyond that they've faced 22 possessions in which they've been at 3rd down and 9 or less and have yet to face a 3rd and 4 and only one 3rd and 3 situation on the season.

Jay Cutler is second to the last in the NFL in passer rating, ahead of rookie Ryan Tannehill and the offense is 26th overall in 3rd down conversion percentage.  Everything the Bears were supposed to improve up on this season, they have yet to do so and yet they find themselves at 2-1.

So what can the Bears do to find offensive success against this Cowboys defense?  Simple bring out two TEs and finally establish the run on offense on first and second down.

Mike Tice has been very Mike Martz like through the first three games, passing on first down more than rushing on first down.  With Forte and Bush that type of play-calling has to change or else the Bears could find themselves repeating the same problems.

The Bears need to try running more out of a base two TE set, rather than passing out of a three WR set.  Forcing teams to bring another DB down into the box to contend with a seven man blocking front will finally open things up in the passing game.

Pulling a safety down in run support to deal with a two TE rushing attack will deny the Cowboys the ability to play 2-man in the secondary.  Thus generating single man coverage for Marshall who should then have the type of game we've come to expect.

With that said I fully expect this game to be a defensive struggle for the Bears.  The offense versus defense match up for the Bears in this and the scheme favors the Cowboys by a large margin.  Cutler is going to have to protect the football and the Bears are going to have to  keep it close in order to come out with a win.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Blue Jays OF tears meniscus in freak sprinkler accident

Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Five bubble teams playing well heading into March

Falcons release Steven Jackson

Bill Walton has some words of advice for Derrick Rose

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five under-the-radar National Player of the Year candidates

Judge overturns Peterson suspension; NFL to appeal

Dez Bryant's mother in 2012: Dez threatened to knock me out

Full offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

Ex-Louisville player charged with rape, sodomy

WATCH: Sidney Crosby catches teammate's stick in mid-air

WATCH: Vanderbilt coach tells own player 'I'll f-ing kill you'

Are the Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets For Nathan Horton

Panthers acquire Jaromir Jagr from Devils

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste have verbal sparring match

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.