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The Dallas Cowboys will take on the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football tonight in a massive game that could go a long way to deciding how each team's seasons will turn out. The game will start at 8.40 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Cowboys have slipped to second in the NFC East following the Philadelphia Eagles' win on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles are now on 8-5, and the Cowboys must win tonight to keep pace with them at the top of the division.
Meanwhile, that same Lions loss to the Eagles has opened up an opportunity for the Bears to tie things at the top of the NFC North. The Lions' loss on Sunday saw them fall to 7-6, and with the Bears coming into this clash on 6-6 they have the chance to get level with their main division rivals.
Statistically the Bears have been superior on total yards gained per game (381.4 yards to 328.4 yards). They have also been better on the pass (271.6 yards per game for the Bears against the Cowboys' 243.3 yards), and the rush (109.8 yards per game to 85.1 yards).
However, statistics may mean little when the two sides come out onto the field tonight. The Bears have hit a bad slump in form, losing to the St Louis Rams 21-42 and the Minnesota Vikings 20-23 over the past two weeks. However, both of those loses were on the road, and they will be happy to come back to Soldier Field for tonight's clash, hoping that it can turnover their fortunes.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is still out for the Bears, and that could make all the difference tonight, as they have not been the same without him since he went out injured.
For the Cowboys, meanwhile, if they can win tonight they will not only regain shared possession of the top of the NFC East, they will also rise all the way up to No. 3 seed for the postseason.
They are hitting a good run at the right end of the season, and in recent weeks have defeated the New York Giants 24-21 and the Oakland Raiders 31-24. Tony Romo has been a talisman for them, and he is 285 of 440 for 3,140 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has led the Cowboys to having the third highest points per game average in the NFL, with Dallas posting 27.4 points on average each game this season.
This clash should be a big one for NFL fans across the country, and will be seen as a must-win for both teams.
Monday Night Football between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears will start at 8.40 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream by clicking here.