It's rare to find someone who doesn't like the Dallas Cowboys' chances this season. Not only were Jerry Jones' henchmen one of the firm preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2010, the entire team put forward a very solid effort when it came to training camps and organized team activities.
But aside from what we already know, the most impressive part of the Dallas Cowboys to date, is the fact that they managed to stay out of the headlines.
For once, the press didn't have a field day with the Cowboys, and much of this is of course due to the fact that not a single "diva"-like player remains on their starting roster.
I guess after preseason football was well and truly wrapped up, the Cowboys looked as good as they have in the past 10 years, and dare I say it, even more impressive on paper than the Troy Aikman era.
However, what went on to unfold in Week 1 of the regular season this past week against the Washington Redskins, certainly wasn't scheduled to appear in the Cowboys fairy-tale season this early in the year.
Instead of a big-time win that knocked the socks off of every NFL fan, the very opposite happened. The Dallas Cowboys crumbled under the spotlights of FedEx Field, and looked surprisingly flat against a Redskins outfit that remained a question heading into the season.
Now for those fans who went ahead and crossed the Cowboys off of their contenders list for this season due to a simple Week 1 loss, I suggest you grab your red biro and pencil them back in, as Dallas really are the top dog in the NFC East this year.
But when it comes to Week 2 of the regular season, what should we all expect from America's team following such a close and crushing defeat?
According to some analysts and experts recently, it would be more than reasonable to assume that the Cowboys may be 0-2 after this week, following their game at home against the Chicago Bears.
So why will the Cowboys be upset once again?
Well it's simple, the Bears are the type of team that has upset ability written all over them.
They have a mild amount of confidence heading into this week following their win over the Lions, and when they match up with a team that has suffered a low blow against the Redskins, it's fair to say that Chicago stands a major chance.
Aside from what went on last week though, Week 2 is a whole different story. And when it comes to confidence and a sheer will to win, it could be said that both sides have what it takes to get the W at the end of the day.
In regards to the Chicago Bears, they are looking reasonably solid right now following their tortuous preseason campaign.
First and foremost, the Bears defense has stepped it up a gear, and the main source for this newfound determination has come from the big plays made by new offseason signing Julius Peppers, who showed more power than the Ford Motor Co. in Detroit last week.
Peppers' efforts were not unfamilar. He accounted for one sack and a forced fumble in Chicago's win, and was perhaps the main reason that the Bears were fortunate enough to withstand the last-minute attack by Jim Schwartz and his offense.
But away from the defensive side of the ball, the Bears offense has slowly but surely begun to gain some momentum.
From what was a questionable quarterback move at best, Jay Cutler's 372 yards last week was certainly a relief for The Windy City.
More importantly, Cutler seems to have found somewhat of a rhythm at the quarterback position, and although the Bears still have ongoing receiver problems, it hasn't affected him just yet.
Yet in all honesty, the Bears may be lucky to win this game. For history buffs like myself, Chicago struggled immensely against the Cowboys last year, and went on to lose rather embarrassingly with a 21-7 scoreline.
Still, what is perhaps more significant for the Bears than the happenings of last year, is what comes from the Cowboys side of the ball, as the team is notoriously strong at home in Dallas, even though they did lose their home opener last year against the New York Giants.
This game is shaping up to be an underrated blockbuster. The Cowboys have made headlines this past week for all the wrong reasons, and following a very disappointing last drive in Washington to nearly win the game, Wade Phillips is starting to once again look the fool.
It isn't time to panic just yet for the Cowboys, but pressure is slowly mounting. For those who like upsets, this is a game to keep an eye on, as the Bears are really riding the storm at the moment toward what could be a very surprising season.
History wise, the Bears look the underdogs, but right now in the present day, they stand toe to toe with Dallas.
Can they get the victory, though?
There's no reason why they can't. If they don't become rattled by the rowdy Cowboy fans, and Jay Cutler stands up once again and pays no attention to DeMarcus Ware, then things should pan out nicely for Chicago.
As for Dallas fans, you may not want to hear it, but Lovie Smith's young team has the ability to pull this scenario off. Both teams are at crossroads right now, and while one has a ton of confidence, the other is coming off a loss that could fuel the fire this week.
A must win game for Dallas, and a nice win for the Bears if they can get it done. Don't be too surprised to see the Cowboys 0-2 after this weekend if all things go right for Chicago.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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