Game preview: Bears and Cowboys mirror one another


When the Chicago Bears meet the Dallas Cowboys Monday night in Texas, both clubs will have more in common than just 2-1 records.

Neither club has lived up to lofty preseason expectations. Both the Bears and Cowboys are led by veteran quarterbacks in Jay Cutler and Tony Romo, respectively, who are magnets for criticism yet possess exciting play-making skills.  Each has struggled early in the 2012 season behind suspect offensive lines. Cutler’s accuracy has been off the mark, evidenced by a completion percentage of just 53%. He’s thrown six interceptions as opposed to three touchdowns, and enters Monday’s game with a QB rating of 58.6

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Jennings coming up big for Bears


At 5-8, Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings looks up to most of the wide receivers he covers.  However, that doesn’t prevent the sixth year pro from Georgia from giving up anything on the football field.

After an off season where the Bears openly pursued an upgrade at the corner position, including signing Jennings former teammate in Indianapolis, Kelvin Hayden, Jennings has played at a Pro Bowl level early in the year. He’s arguably the team’s most valuable player and leads the NFL in interceptions with four picks.

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Forte back on practice field; expects to play


Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is known as a fast healer. That became evident Wednesday when the Bears Pro Bowl back returned to the practice field after suffering a high ankle sprain in the week two loss at Green Bay.

Forte was originally expected to be out 4-6 weeks. While no decision has been made on his status for the Dallas contest on Monday, it’s a good sign that he’s back practicing. Forte sounds ready to get back to action. “As long as you know how to take care of your body, that’s how you get back on the field,” he said. “I’ve had ankle injuries before and I know how to work with them. You have to want to get back on the field.” Forte’s been using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and a electrical stimulus unit to aid his recovery.

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