Monday Night Fright for Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys are set to take to the field on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 4 of the NFL campaign, and they are going to face off with the Chicago Bears in a game in which they are expected to win. Dallas is favored by 3 ½-points on the NFL odds, but it most certainly has some trends that are going against it.

Mondays just haven’t treated the Cowboys well in general. They are 1-6 ATS in their last seven appearances on Monday Night Football.

Over the course of the last three years, QB Tony Romo has played in three Monday Night Football games, and he has a grand total of one touchdown pass in those games. That TD toss came in a game in which he broke his clavicle after making just seven pass attempts, and the hope is that he is going to last a heck of a lot longer than that this week against a ferocious Chicago defense.

Last year’s one Monday Night Football game was an ugly 18-16 win over the Washington Redskins for the Cowboys. Romo’s offense accounted for just 375 total yards and no offensive touchdowns, just six field goals.

The bright spot for Monday? At least primetime games in 2012 have gone well for the much-criticized signal caller. Romo lit up the night on the first Wednesday of the season against the New York Giants, throwing for 307 yards and three scores versus one INT. Meanwhile, the man on the other side of the field in this one, QB Jay Cutler, was a nightmare in his one primetime showing. Not only did his Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers, but Cutler was also seen shoving one of his offensive lineman during a frustrating defeat.

Still, Dallas can’t love the fact that this game is on the docket, knowing that it is going to be one of the toughest games of the year against a nasty defense in the worst spot possible: Monday night.

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