Thoughts on who clicks this week for the Cowboys against the visiting Bears ...
1. WR Dez Bryant. Bryant had a huge week against Washington — 8 catches and 110 yards. Plus he was targeted 17 times. The good times should roll against Chicago. Here’s why. While the Bears have allowed fewer than 200 passing yards per game in two weeks, most of their secondary is banged up. Three of their defensive backs did not practice on Wednesday and the rest were limited. Plus, the Bears don’t have a corner as good as Josh Norman. There’s a good chance Bryant could feast in this one and the Cowboys should make sure he’s targeted early and often. Another 100-yard week is very possible.
2. RB Ezekiel Elliott. You’ve probably started him the past two weeks and you’ve probably been a bit disappointed. Well, don’t bench him this week, because this game sets him up for success. Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman and linebacker Lamarr Houston are not expected to play. The Bears are giving up 114.5 yards per game thus far and without Goldman to stuff the middle I think the Bears are going to have a hard time stopping the run game, especially if the Cowboys pound them early. I’m not sure it’s reasonable to expect a 100-yard game because I believe the Cowboys will try and exploit the Bears’ secondary issues.
3. QB Dak Prescott. He still hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass, but he ran in one last week and that, plus a near-300 yard passing performance without a pick, meant Prescott produced more like a high-end QB2 in Week 2. I think the Cowboys’ desire to get Bryant involved early in the game helped Prescott as much as Bryant. With the injury issues in the secondary this COULD be the week they allow Prescott to air things out a bit. But I’ll hedge my bets that if the Cowboys get a lead they’ll want to salt it away with the run game, which will limit the ceiling on Prescott’s numbers.
4. WR Cole Beasley. Prescott loves throwing to this guy. That’s abundantly clear. With 13 receptions and 140 yards in two games, Beasley has now emerged as the team’s de facto No. 2 option at wide receiver. If this game gets away from the Bears a little bit, I could see Beasley getting some extra looks and close in on a 100-yard game.
5. RB Alfred Morris. I’ll stick with Morris here. Last week, if you had to play him, he only got you six points, but at least it was a touchdown run. Elliott will start, despite the fumbles, but I think Morris might see a few extra carries in this one for that reason. Plus, if you’re really desperate for a second back or a flex play, Morris is intriguing because if the game gets out of hand he would get the extra work.
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