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Cowboys draw another team coming off a Monday game, presenting challenges

The Bears lost to the Eagles on Monday night despite outside linebacker Willie Young’s sack of Carson Wentz.
The Bears lost to the Eagles on Monday night despite outside linebacker Willie Young’s sack of Carson Wentz. AP

Monday night games offer a tough turnaround for NFL teams. They also provide a challenge for the opponents of the teams that play on Monday night.

For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys have drawn a team coming off a Monday night game. It makes for a long night – longer than usual -- for scouts and coaches.

“You get the tape at 1:30 or 2 o’clock in the morning,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “So your preparation on the game that’s being played [Monday night] starts really early [Tuesday] morning. It’s a little bit more challenging just because it’s the start of the season. So there’s not that much tape that you can go back and use and rely on. You’re using last week’s game, some preseason stuff, and then you’ll kind of add this game to the mix. But that’s just the way it is. We’ll prepare as quickly as we can once we get that information.”

The Cowboys beat the Redskins on Sunday. Washington was coming off a Monday night loss to the Steelers. The Bears, the Cowboys’ opponent at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, are coming off a loss to the Eagles on Monday.

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