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By Jonathan Bales

Projecting Cowboys’ Player Performances vs Bears

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At DallasCowboys.com, I posted another fantasy football-esque look at the Cowboys’ Monday night matchup with the Bears.

Projected Stat Lines

Tony Romo: 22-for-35, 250 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Jason Witten: 3 receptions, 35 yards

Dez Bryant: 4 receptions, 65 yards, TD

Miles Austin: 5 receptions, 80 yards

DeMarco Murray: 20 carries, 80 yards, 3 receptions, 20 yards

This game has all the makings of yet another defensive battle for the Cowboys. Although I’m generally a proponent of passing early and often, I think Dallas needs to give Murray a little more attention on Monday night.

In low-scoring games, the impact of a few big plays is monumental. Even if Murray isn’t killing Chicago on the ground, hammering the Bears with the run could set up a well-timed deep play-action look or two later in the game. In what could easily be a 21-17-type of contest, generating a quick score would be extremely valuable for either club, even more so than usual.

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2 Responses to Projecting Cowboys’ Player Performances vs Bears

  1. RayM17 says:

    I don’t see how running the ball early against a team built to stop the run makes any sense at all. This team supposedly has an elite QB a HOF TE and 2 WRs very capable of making plays as well as a starting) that is a skilled receiver. The Bears have 2 LBs that are highly adept at stopping the run and are the lynch pin of their defense, both up in age and vulnerable in coverage.

    Passing early and often and leaving the run game up to Romo and his line checks to keep them honest is the way to go… and more than likely the course of action.

  2. Ray–If you know me at all, you know I think the Cowboys should pass more often (I actually believe it should be around 75 percent of plays). The Bears are equally adept at stopping the pass, though, and I think their offense will have trouble against the Dallas D tonight. While passing can certainly set up the run, I think running in an effort to set up a few big plays is particular pivotal in what figures to be a low-scoring game. A 60-yard playaction bomb has a lot more value in a 17-14 game than a 37-34 game. It isn’t like I want the team to come out with a true 50/50 split, but 60/40 pass-to-run would be fine early, IMO.

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