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Predict the Score: Chicago vs. Dallas

The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys play this Monday night. Can you guess the score? Closest prediction to the outcome wins a Patch T-shirt!

The Chicago Bears rebounded last week to beat the St. Louis Rams, but now a bigger test awaits as they head to Dallas for Monday Night Football.

Patch is getting in on the action.

Predict the score prior to Monday's Bears game. The reader who correctly guesses the score, or comes closest to guessing the score, will get a Patch T-shirt. At the end of the season, we'll have a random drawing for a larger prize.

Congratulations to last week's winner, York, who predicted the Bears would beat the Rams 24-13 with an eight-point difference from the actual score of 23-6. 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

• If you’re a Patch reader, simply comment on the bottom of this article with your name and what you think the final score of the next Bears game will be. (Example: Benny Bears Fan, Bears 102, Cowboys 0.)

• All entries need to be received by the start of the game. Since the Bears' game is at 7:30 p.m. Monday (CST), we'll need all entries by then.

• To determine the winner, we will take the difference between actual points scored and predicted score for each team, and add them up for everyone who posted in the comments section. The person whose combined total is closest to zero wins. And it doesn't matter if the points you give are higher or lower than actual points scored, we're just looking for the person who has the lowest differential.

• If two or more people tie for being the closest to the actual total of points scored, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner.

• Only one entry allowed per person. All participants must be 18 years or older. You can read our official giveaway guidelines here.

So, please, comment away. And tell your friends!

Rick Nagel (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
At Dallas ... on Monday night. Scary.
Leonard Turnbull September 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
LennyT Bears 19 Cowboys 9
Dustin Graffa September 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Bears 23 Cowboys 17
Martin September 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Bears 23 Cowboys 24
Lindsay M. September 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Lindsay M. Bears 21 Cowboys 20
Ken Boncela September 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Bears, 9 - Cowboys 86
Dottie September 29, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Bears 31, Cowboys 12
Richter's September 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Bears 7, Dallas 42 in the traditional epic bears loss
jack martin September 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Jack Martin Cowboys 24 Bears 10 Wish the Bears could pull it off, but they do not play well on Monday night and the Cowboys do
Lisa October 01, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Bears 7 - Cowboys 21
Alan Brinkmeier October 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Bears 24 Cowboys 16
John Iwaszkiewicz October 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Cowboys 31 Bears 24 Intoxicated Fans 32,456
Jim Hankes October 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Ditto!
Cari Barcas October 02, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Dottie and John Iwaszkiewicz tied, with each of their guesses having a nine-point difference from the actual winning Bears score of 34-18. After a random drawing to break the tie, John is our winner. Congrats John, and I'll be in touch soon about delivering your T-shirt!
John Iwaszkiewicz October 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Im so excited!
Dottie October 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Congrats, John!
John Iwaszkiewicz October 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Such a gracious comment. You can have the Tshirt if you want it. Your faith in the Bears was greater than mine so you deserve it more than I do. I FEAR monday night games.
Lindsay M. October 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
This is such a strange way to do the math...should you deduct the points per team. EX: John would have 31-18 = 13 (Cowboys) & 38-24 = 14 (Bears)...He was way off the actual score and winner, his point differential would be 27. You shouldn't get credt for overall points unless that is the contest. Just have people pick the total points, like in an over/under if that's all you are interested in. Dottie should win she was 38-31 = 7 (Bears) and 18-12 = 6 (Cowboys) which equals 13. WAAYYYY closer than John. Good job, Dottie, way to root for your team! (p.s.: I know this involves more math for Patch, but I'd be happy to do it for you since it gives a way more accurate result)
Lindsay M. October 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
** you should deduct
Martin October 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I'm very confused about how a winner is defined. Is it simply delta winning score + delta losing score? 34-18 (actual) with 31-12 (Dottie) and 31-24 (John). Never hit a system what was set up this way. Most are team 1 (actual) - team 1 (guess) + team 2 (actual) - team 2 (guess). And often require one to have selected the winner correctly too. And no, I wouldn't have won using this calculation...just ove playing with numbers and have run some fun pools in the past and present.
Cari Barcas October 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Hey guys, the way we find the score is explained in our rules in the body of the story above. Basically, we get the score by combining the difference between actual points scored and predicted score for each team. It doesn't matter if the guess is higher or lower than the score, but the person with the lowest overall difference wins. We're looking for the people who can guess the closest to each team's score. So John and Dottie both guessed 31, or 3 below the Bears score, and 12 and 24, 6 points above/below the Cowboys score, for a total point differential of 9 for each of them. Thanks for the feedback, and hope that makes sense!
John Iwaszkiewicz October 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
OK guys I admit it. You caught us. The Patch, myself, Mayor Dicianni and the entire city council are in with a cabal of corrupt insiders to take over all the assets of the patch website and to corrupt the T Shirt award process. I also plan on using corrupt judges to mandate court ordered busing to bring communists, democrats, atheists, and libertarians to speak at all of our public schools, except for the ones that are ESL. I will speak to them myself, in english, which they wont understand, but unlike my wife,at least they will smile and nod. Then I will go out for lunch with evil developers using taxpayer dollars (i.e. my own) and talk discretely about TIFs.
Lindsay M. October 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Cara...John guessed 31 for the Cowboys! 31-18=13 John guessed 24 for the Bears! 34-24 = 10 13+10 = 23 Your explanation still doesn't make sense. It's okay though, I'll just end this by not playing any more.
Lindsay M. October 02, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Wow, so dramatic, are you trying to sound smart with all this mumbo jumbo. It still does not make you the logical winner.
Cari Barcas October 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
You're right, Lindsay, thank you! I misread the John's score for the Cowboys as his guess for the Bears. Dottie, I'll be in touch with you momentarily via email since you are the rightful winner. And don't worry John, I'll set you up with some Patch swag too for your troubles. I sent you an email earlier today to get your info. Thanks for the interest, everyone!
Cari Barcas October 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Actually Dottie, I'm not able to find your email address, so if you're interested in claiming your prize, please reach out to me at cari.brokamp@patch.com. Thanks!
Martin October 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Cari... Flipping John's scores...that makes more sense. You just trying to prove you're human? :)
Cari Barcas October 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
You caught me, I'm actually a robot. ;)
John Iwaszkiewicz October 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
LOL you think I care? Check the time stamp on my previous comment. I offered her the shirt BEFORE any of you even mentioned the scoring. Its a joke. Get a sense of humor.
Dottie October 03, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Wow, I have been scraping wallpaper all afternoon then had a volunteer meeting this evening until late. This certainly generated a lot of comments. John, thanks for offering to send me the shirt. It would be greatly appreciated but it looks as though I am getting my own. It was obviously wishful thinking about the Bears win on my part and I literally just made up 2 numbers. Call it beginner's luck?

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