FBG says: Neutral matchup. David Montgomery is coming off of one of his best days as an NFL running back after a disappointing rookie season in Chicago as he was able to rush for 75 yards on 16 carries and was able to consistently find the hole and gain positive yards on nearly every run. Finding space to run through has been a consistent issue for the Bears offensive line that has struggled after losing its leader in Kyle Long for the year as Rashaad Coward has struggled to fill in at right guard, and Cody Whitehair has struggled at Center as more emphasis has been placed on him without his Pro Bowl leader next to him. The Bears will also be without right tackle Bobbie Massie who suffered an ankle injury that will force veteran Cornelius Lucas into the starting role in Chicago.
The Cowboys run defense has been a unit that has been the definition of league average. On the year, they have allowed 4.1 yards-per-carry which is the 13th best in the NFL, and the 14th most fantasy points to running backs on the season. There is some cause for concern as the Cowboys will be without second-year linebacker Leighton Vander Esch who while is not having the incredible season like he did last year, is still a speed linebacker who can contain the edge. With no Vander Esch, this will put an increased emphasis on Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee as the team will likely go with more of a Nickel defense as Vander Esch's backup Joe Thomas typically only plays 15-20 snaps per game. This is a situation in which while Vander Esch is a significant loss if he is out for some time, with the Bears having an in-between the tackle running scheme will not play as significant of a role as it otherwise could have with a speed off-tackle running back. The Bears might try to take advantage of the Cowboys defense with Tarik Cohen off the edge but have shown that they will only give the small running back a few carries per game.