Cowboys vs. Redskins Preview: 5 Things to Watch For on Defense

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3. Will the “Sean Lee for ProBowl” bandwagon continue to grow?

Is he really as good as he has looked?

I am officially still sauntering along beside the cart, but after 2 games, I have seen enough to admit that I was wrong about Sean Lee. I blame Bobby Carpenter.

Lee is leading the league in tackles. He also made a huge open field tackle on special teams against the 49ers. I say “huge” because he tackled Ginn in the open field, a player who had 2 returns for TD’s the week before.

When I examine Lee’s impressive resume after 2 games, the only thing missing is QB pressures and sacks. I will be watching this week to see how often he is given the opportunity to rush the passer, and how he fares in that role.

3.a. Will Brooking’s snaps be significantly reduced?

I don’t remember the last time I noticed Brooking for something positive. It seems that when I notice him he is getting steamrolled for extra yardage by a RB, or repelled from the line on a feeble attempt at a blitz. Last week I saw Brooking get pushed back so far from the line on a blitz, it looked like he was playing safety. I will be watching to see how often Brooking gets in the game. Based on their relative performances so far this year, Brooking should only get in the game when Lee or James needs a breather.

3.b. Would a healthy Bruce Carter allow Brooking to get an early start to his coaching career?

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