Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/17/14

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 20: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears encourages fans to cheer during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 20, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Steelers 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
With a little extra time with the bye week, I was going to study several different spots in the Chicago game with the coach's film and discuss the finer points of the Xs and Os scenarios before we move on to the Baltimore Ravens. I am guessing that the team is taking quite the opposite approach since they obviously need to focus on only what they can control - looking forward - but I don't think that should keep us from furthering our football educations. One of the most pivotal plays of the Monday night matchup a week ago was the moment late in the first half of a game that had almost no scoring to that point. In fact, Chicago, moments earlier, had just kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 4:21 left in the half. Both defenses were doing a pretty strong job of keeping the opposition from finding a rhythm. Now, the Cowboys took the ensuing kick and were now facing a 3rd and 9 after DeMarco Murray fumbled a pitch on 2nd and 5 back to the 21 yard line. So, 3rd and 9. "1...
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