Bears Insider prediction time! Bears vs. Cowboys on 'Thursday Night Football'

Bears Insider prediction time! Bears vs. Cowboys on 'Thursday Night Football'

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fires a pass under pressure during their game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fires a pass under pressure during their game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Hub Arkush (season record: 9-3):

This is a tough one to pick as we've got two 6-6 teams who have disappointed in very similar ways and the Bears will have some home-field advantage. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears find a way, but I'm worried about their ability to commit to shutting down Elliott and still handling Prescott and Cooper. They're already missing Hicks and Trevathan badly, and if Amukamara can't go they have a problem. I'm also not overly confident about Leno and Lucas handling Lawrence and Quinn. I expect Chicago to show up and be game, but while my heart says the Bears, my head says Cowboys will have more playmakers on the field. Cowboys 21, Bears 20

Arthur Arkush (season record: 8-4):

The Bears might only have one signature win — 16-10 vs. the Vikings in Week 4 — but that's one more than the Cowboys can claim. Chicago might be down two of its most important defenders, while Dallas is without only Leighton Vander Esch, but the Bears boast the better stop-unit overall this season. Matt Nagy might be having a difficult second season, but I trust him and his staff more than Jason Garrett's Cowboys crew. Both clubs have a sense of urgency, but the Cowboys still have slightly more wiggle room in a depressed division. Behind an inspired defensive effort and relatively efficient showing on offense, the Bears live to fight another week. Bears 21, Cowboys 17

Sean Hammond (season record: 9-3):

This one has the feel of a toss-up. Both defenses rank similarly from a purely statistics standpoint. Ultimately, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott just seems more reliable right now when it comes to putting points on the board against good defenses than his counterpart Mitchell Trubisky. Overall, scoring should come at a premium in this game. The Cowboys should find the end zone a couple of times, whereas the Bears will continue their struggles against teams not named the Lions. Cowboys 14, Bears 13

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald (season record: 5-7):

Future Cowboys coach Lincoln Riley will be watching with interest as Jason Garrett offers one more reason why he’ll be fired in a month. Dallas is down a starting offensive lineman and the team is in disarray. Matt Nagy says Mitch Trubisky is fixed, so the Bears’ march to the Super Bowl continues here. Another winnable game for the Bears, who have also run out of excuses for why they’re a .500 team in Year 5 of a rebuild. Bears 15, Cowboys 13

Joe Aguilar, Daily Herald (season record: 8-4):

The Bears' stretch of games against disappointing clubs continues against a Cowboys squad that, like the Bears, beats only bad teams. Mitch Trubisky deserves all the credit for his fourth-quarter, game-winning drive and overall strong performance against the Lions on Thanksgiving, but he's not better than Dak Prescott, who won't get pressured by the Bears' front seven. Maybe Mitch shines again, maybe Eddie Jackson builds on his late-game interception at Detroit. Then again, maybe not. Cowboys 24, Bears 20  

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