Forget the Cowboys for a moment and the high-octane offense they will bring into Soldier Field Sunday night.
Consider for a moment the Bears, and how they are in a position right now they relish, one they crave in fact.
Of course, they would have preferred to come home from San Diego with a victory, and everyone (especially the defense) is waiting for the offense to break out of its slumber.
But in stumbling to a 1-1 start much of the focus and much of the talk is on the Cowboys, an early pick as an NFC favorite. Through their own doing, the Bears have backed themselves into a corner where they truly believe they are the underdog.
Never mind Vegas has the Bears laying three. To a man, each player in that locker room feels they are the underdog and it's a motivation that has served them well in the past (even when they were the furthest thing from being an actual 'dog).
I'm not saying this is going to mean a thing after kickoff, but it can create a real rallying effect and these players on this team have made the most of it before. Who thought they were going to go to New York and beat the Giants last November? The Giants were the shiek NFC pick at the time. This bunch has mastered the us vs. the world mentality that's usually nothing more than a cliche, and it's been a prevailing theme inside Halas Hall all week.
Of course, if the offense can't move the ball, the Bears can feel neglected and disrespected all they want and it won't matter a bit.