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Who would win between the 85 Bears and the early 90s Cowboys?
Both had elite defenses.
Emmitt and Payton probably cancel each other out.
The Cowboys had a better o-line and a little bit better special teams
The difference is probably in the passing game.
- Mr ChowdhuryLv 44 weeks ago
Probably the Cowboys. Part of the reason the Bears were so successful is because no one had seen the 46 defense before and people didn't know how to beat it.
- 1 month ago
A great OL will beat a great DL 99% of the time. The Bear DL in 85 was fantastic. But the one game they lost was against an excellent OL that Miami had. And The Great Wall Of Dallas was and still is the Greatest OL to ever play. And they had a plan to beat whatever defense they faced. It would be a hard fought game. But America's Team would prevail.
- Footballher10Lv 41 month ago
All football is is a contest between your front line against my front line.
The 90s Cowboys had the greatest offensive line EVER.
Read that again.
- Joe MacLv 51 month ago
'85 Bears no doubt. The NFL didn't have any dominant defenses in the '90s so the Cowboys weren't ever challenged. As slow as Aikman was he would have spent a great deal of time on the turf.
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- 1 month ago
Emmit Smith ran behind a great offensive line, no different (skill-wise) from Larry Johnson or Tatum Bell. He also didn't pass or catch out of the backfield like Payton did. Advantage CHI.
Dallas did have a good passing offense (again, credit to the O-line and Michael Irvin), but the reason Miami beat Chicago in 85 was because Marino could get the ball out before anyone came near him. Troy Aikman couldn't do that, he's perhaps the biggest system QB/game manager there's ever been.
Defensively both were evenly matched. The Bears however relied on the 46 defense too much and didn't have the secondary Dallas did.
My money's on the Monsters of the Midway
- PronkLv 71 month ago
If they played 10 games,the Cowboys would win 9.
- conley39Lv 71 month ago
It would be close. The 90s Cowboys probably would win.
- ?Lv 71 month ago
The Cowboys would.
- M. DiegoLv 71 month ago
Walter Payton was a once in a lifetime talent and he was much better than Emmitt, but as you mentioned the Bears offense was about Payton and the Cowboys had a more dynamic offense. Still I would pick the Bears.
To me the difference was in their defenses, the Bears outplayed their opponents 91-10 in the playoffs, shutting out the Giants and Rams and allowing 7 points in garbage time in the Super Bowl when the game was 44-3.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Probably the Cowboys. Part of the reason the Bears were so successful is because no one had seen the 46 defense before and people didn't know how to beat it. The 90s Cowboys would have been familiar with it.