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GameDay: Chicago at Dallas

We’re coming off a successful double Book It from Thursday’s Baltimore-Cleveland game. Let’s keep that momentum going into tonight’s Cowboys-Bears clash. While I’m sure no one has ever said this, the Cowboys – “America’s Team” – are seemingly always enjoyable to watch while the Bears tend to only be fun to watch if you live in Illinois. So, let’s dub this the Watchables vs. the Unwatchables. Tonight’s Important Numbers (5Dimes) LINE: Dallas -3 (-130); Chicago +3 (+110) OVER/UNDER: 41 1/2; (-110 for both) Breakdown: Chicago It’s never pretty but the Bears typically win with defense. Last week’s 23-6 dismantling of St. Louis is more of what Chicagoans are expecting from the vaunted Bears D this season. Heck, holding Green Bay to 23 points at Lambeau Field – a week after the Packers were beaten on the same field and likely were angrier than ever – is pretty impressive as well. Those defensive efforts have helped the Bears hit the under the past two weeks. Here are a few key Chicago trends: –Since 2010 the Bears have played in an NFL-high eight games where both teams combined to score 30 or fewer points (four in 2010, three in 2011 and last week vs. St. Louis). –Chicago is 6-2

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Monday Night Football: Breaking Down The Props, Bears at Cowboys

Monday Night Football presents Bears-Cowboys this week. Now that sounds fun. If Dallas wins, they join the Eagles at 3-1 atop the NFC East standings. If Chicago wins, they join the Vikings at 3-1 atop the NFC North standings. The Vikes will be alone in first place at the quarter mark should the Bears fold down in Jerry World. Who had that before the season started? As for tonight, current odds show Dallas as 3.5-point home favorites over the Bears with an Over/Under total set at 42. This game should be all about the war between the defenses. Through three weeks, the Cowboys have allowed the least yards in the league, while the Bears rank sixth in that department. Before getting into the player props, let me highlight a combined team prop that’s worth looking into for this evening’s game: Over 5 sacks combined for both teams. Despite having to pay a little extra juice for the Over at -140, I think thats a good play. First off, its Jay Cutler and the Bears. You know he will be under seige. He’s been sacked 11 times already this year. Rookie Gabe Carimi has been struggling in his first year. According to Pro Football Focus, Carimi

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GameDay: Cleveland at Baltimore

What could be more exciting than the Browns on national TV? Well, I could list a thousand things but, by that point, you’ll have dozed off and won’t get the great information below. So, let’s just cut to the chase in the Art Modell Bowl. Tonight’s Important Numbers (Bovada) LINE: Baltimore – 13 (-105); Cleveland +13 (-115) OVER/UNDER: 44; Over -115, Under -105   Breakdown: Cleveland With Cleveland’s futility in what seems like the past millennium one thing is generally overlooked: The Browns play pretty solid defense year after year. The unit isn’t one of the league’s best, but it’s not one of the worst and, more times than not, it’ll find a way to stifle a potent offense. Going back to last season the Browns have slowed 20 or fewer points four times (Cleveland allowed 24 and 34 in the other two games). It held Baltimore to 20 points late last season and Pittsburgh to 13 in the 2011 season finale. The Eagles, you know, the 2011 Dream Team, scored a measly 17 points against Cleveland in this year’s opener. Now, don’t take this to mean Cleveland’s defense could pitch a shutout tonight. That’s not going to happen. But if weather conditions aren’t great

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