The Chicago Bears' offensive line has struggled to protect Jay Cutler so far in 2012, but the Dallas Cowboys have felt a similar angst about their line. Dallas' O-line has only given up seven sacks so far this season -- compared to the 11 ceded by Chicago -- but the running game has been the big problem. The Cowboys' rushing attack is ranked 29th in the NFL and is producing an average of just 76.7 yards per game on the ground, so the Bears will likely have the advantage of keeping safeties back in coverage and out of the box.
Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan recently spoke with ESPN Dallas about the struggles his unit has faced so far this season, and he pulled no punches in his assessment:
"I'm not going to sugarcoat this. We did not play well and we are not playing well right now ... We've got to man up and do our best. We're up for that challenge and we've got great respect for what's out there. But we know what's in front of us. We know that the crowd coming in here on Monday night [the Bears defensive line] is going to be our biggest challenge to date so we've got to play better."
The Bears (2-1) and Cowboys (2-1) will meet in prime time on Monday night (7:30 p.m. CT) at Cowboys Stadium.