Brian Hoyer vs. Dak Prescott is the likely quarterback battle that will be featured under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football in Week 3. That's hardly the matchup that looked likely before the start of the season: Jay Cutler vs. Tony Romo. Cutler and Romo are both savvy veterans who can provide huge numbers at their best.
Prescott, while effective in two starts, is still a rookie who doesn't air it out like a gunslinger. Hoyer is a backup who keeps getting starting opportunities. Sunday's game will either be amazing, hilarious, or hilariously bad. You can find it on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET, and a live stream online at NBC Sports.
The Bears are 0-2 on the season, having dropped games against the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles. Fortunately, they haven't been in NFC North matchups just yet, and haven't lost too much ground in the division, which is looking like one of the tougher divisions in the league at this point.
But they still need to win sooner rather than later. They have put up 14 points in each of their first two games, but John Fox's defense has allowed 52 points in total over those games. Even if they had Cutler and even if Cutler was playing at his best, the Bears would still be lagging behind due to the poor defensive play.
Cutler isn't ruled out of the game specifically, and is listed as "doubtful" on the injury report. Notably, he traveled with the team on Saturday, but conventional wisdom says that he may be active in an emergency capacity and not set to start for the game.
It should be the Hoyer show, and what that means these days is pretty unknown. Over the course of his career, Hoyer averages out to being a completely average quarterback, but last season he had a decent touchdown to interception ratio -- 19 to seven -- and he showed some big-play potential at times. Then again, he's also looked completely lost and unable to generate even a single first down.
Prescott isn't airing it out like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, but the rookie has played well thus far. He's completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 519 yards and has taken care of the football, having not thrown an interception yet. But he also hasn't thrown a touchdown, and that remains a problem for the Cowboys.
Dallas has looked like a more complete team than the New York Giants, their rivals they lost to in Week 1. They probably shouldn't have lost that game, and should be going for a 3-0 start right now. But that's not happening, and they need Prescott to step up and start delivering touchdowns with his arm. He has provided one on the ground, which is nice, and rookie Ezekiel Elliott has two touchdowns on the ground as well.
Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's game.
How to Watch Bears vs. Cowboys on Sunday
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
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