Bears vs Cowboys: Why Jay Cutler Will Struggle Against Stout Dallas Defense

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIISeptember 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 23: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down chased by James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field on September 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Rams 23-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys defense has had some up-and-down weeks, but last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was pretty dominant. 

The Cowboys defense held the Bucs to just 10 points and a woeful 3-of-15 on third downs. The Bucs had only three yards per carry on the ground, and Josh Freeman was sacked twice.

The Bears, on the other hand, have a lot of talent on offense, but they have been plagued by a poor offensive line. Jay Cutler is constantly under siege, and it has led to the 28th-ranked passing attack.

This is a pretty favorable matchup for the Cowboys. And it could mean that Jay Cutler's in for a long day.

The Bears tackles—J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi—have given up a remarkable 24 sacks, hits or pressures. Add that to the fact that the interior offensive line has given up nine sacks, hits or pressures, and Cutler is just a sitting duck back there. 

DeMarcus Ware will have an absolute field day going up against J'Marcus Webb. Webb is, at best, a subpar left tackle. And if the Bears decide to slide protection to that side to help Webb, then Anthony Spencer will be able to make some noise.

Not to mention that Sean Lee and others can blitz too—something they will certainly do.

Even though Cutler is mobile and can run around, the Cowboys secondary is much improved. Brandon Carr has been an invaluable addition and has shown his versatility by playing both cornerback and safety. 

Cutler will have to get the ball out in remarkable speed to make up for the poor offensive line, but that's not an easy task. Cutler and the Bears are a down-the-field offense—they prefer going deep to short passes.

The Bears are going to have their hands full with a good Cowboys defense. And Jay Cutler is going to have a rough go of it on Monday night.