Bears receiver Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 100 yards in the win over Dallas, his sixth 100-yard game this season. The effort put Marshall over 1,000 receiving yards for the seventh straight year.
Marshall started fast, making three catches for 49 yards on the first two drives. He delivered a vicious block on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee that enabled quarterback Josh McCown to scramble for a first down.
Marshall, who had 78 yards by halftime, was targeted eight times, third most on the team. Marshall was targeted in the end zone, but corner Brandon Carr covered him tightly and McCown's throw was off the mark.
Marshall will try to break his two-game scoring drought Sunday in Cleveland.
Bears running back Matt Forte piled up 175 yards from scrimmage in the Week 14 blowout of the Cowboys. He ran for 102 yards on 20 carries, a 5.1-yard average, and caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
It was Forte's second straight 100-yard rushing game, third this season. He surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth time in his six-year career.
Matching his season high in receiving yards, Forte tallied his ninth score on a 4-yard catch in the third quarter. He tied for the team lead with nine targets.
Forte will try to keep rolling Week 15 at Cleveland.
It's hard to justify letting Jay Cutler have his job back. Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown continued his sterling play with a five-touchdown explosion against the hapless Cowboys on Monday night.
McCown completed 27 of 36 throws (75 percent) for 348 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for a 7-yard touchdown. He posted a near-perfect 141.9 passer rating and did not commit a turnover.
McCown found Earl Bennett wide open for a 4-yard score on Chicago's opening drive. Right before halftime, McCown lofted a 25-yard pass to the back corner of the end zone. Alshon Jeffery skied between two Cowboys defenders, corralling it for a highlight-reel touchdown.
McCown hit running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush for second-half scores as Chicago scored on its first eight possessions. McCown has nine touchdowns and two turnovers in his last three starts. Remarkably, the 348 yards were the fewest he's passed for during that stretch.
It's unclear whether McCown will get another start Week 15 at Cleveland, as Cutler appears close to returning from his ankle injury.
Although he's coming off a four-touchdown performance, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton isn't a surefire Fantasy starter Week 15. Dalton visits the Steelers, and his history vs. Pittsburgh is not encouraging.
In five career meetings, Dalton has completed 53 percent of his throws. He's averaged 194 passing yards with five touchdowns, five interceptions and a 67.8 passer rating. Dalton did play fairly well in Week 2 vs. Pittsburgh, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 10 yards.
But Dalton's last three road games were ugly: eight turnovers, three touchdowns. The Steelers rank in the middle of the pack in defending Fantasy quarterbacks; they're capable of eliciting the "bad" Dalton.
Dalton has been up and down all season. With Fantasy playoffs on the line, place your trust elsewhere if possible.
Report: Adrian Peterson not expected to play Week 15
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
While Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he expects to play Week 15 vs. the Eagles, ESPN.com reports Peterson is unlikely to suit up due to his foot injury. The report, however, says Peterson won't need surgery.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes "should miss a few weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Week 14 loss at Baltimore, reports NFL Network. Rhodes has 48 tackles and a forced fumble this season.
Three Bears who were on the injury report are active Monday night vs. Dallas: offensive tackle Kyle Long (ankle), safety Major Wright (hamstring) and safety Anthony Walters (groin). Long and Wright were listed as probable, while Walters was questionable.