Fantasy Football: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football Preview

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If you’re looking at your fantasy football box score and need big performances from players on Monday Night Football in Week 4, it might not be a good idea to hold your breath for a victory.

Despite the Chicago Bears’ and Dallas Cowboys’ personnel and ability to become explosive offenses, they will each face off against talented and productive defenses on the other side of the ball.

The Cowboys’ Tony Romo hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 2 at Seattle. In Week 3 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Romo amassed 283 passing yards and zero passing scores in addition to three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles).

The Bears defense supports that type of behavior.

Chicago has seven takeaways from quarterbacks to its credit on the season. That includes six total interceptions and at least one in each game it’s played this year.

Chicago’s Jay Cutler may have a long night as well.

The Cowboys only have one interception on the season, but Cutler has thrown six. That includes one in Weeks 1 and 3, and four in Week 2 at the Green Bay Packers.

It will be very difficult for the wide receivers and tight ends in this game to experience big production if their quarterbacks keep tossing it to the defense.

As for the running backs, Chicago’s Matt Forte is still questionable to play against the Cowboys. If he plays, he’ll likely split carries with Michael Bush. That hurts both players’ fantasy potential.

Their matchup has been stout against the run this season, anyway.

Dallas has yielded 310 yards and two touchdowns to opposing running backs, but that has been on 80 carries (an average of 3.9 yards per rush).

DeMarco Murray’s matchup is even tougher. Bears opponents have only rushed 52 times on the Chicago defense. They’ve gained 183 yards and a touchdown in the process, cementing a 3.5 yards-per-carry average through the season’s first three weeks.

It might be to Dallas’ advantage to throw the ball to Murray, as the Bears have given up 11 receptions to running backs in the last two weeks.

I expect for the Monday night matchup in Week 4 to be a slugfest because of the defenses, but there remains enough offensive talent to create some fireworks.