Week 16 Dallas Cowboy Darkhorse: Bruce Carter

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In the previous game of Cowboys vs Eagles, the Cowboys were roasted for 34 points and an extremely good game from Vick. This week, it won’t be the same and Bruce Carter is one of the main reasons why.

Week 8 was Bruce’s first active week in a Cowboys uniform, fresh off an ACL tear last December. He has suited up every game since and has been a constant contributor on special teams and on sub packages. This man has tons of physical ability, and we are about to get a big dose of it this week.

Rob Ryan had a solid game plan in Week 8, but defensive lineman were not staying gap responsible, and Shady McCoy was able to gash our defense in the cutback lanes. Don’t expect the D-line to be as careless about their gap responsibilities. Rob Ryan wanted to force Mike Vick to make perfect throws underneath while playing 2 (very) deep safeties to negate the deep threats of Jackson and Maclin. The problem arose when Sean Lee went out of the game with a dislocated wrist, and Ryan had to rely on older, slower linebackers like Brooking and James in pass coverage. Brent Celek ate both of those linebackers alive and tore them a new one in pass coverage.

This week, the tide is going to turn. I still believe that Ryan will play some 2-deep safety looks, but he isn’t going to play that way with reckless abandon. With the speed of McCoy and Vick, Rob Ryan can’t have Sean Lee everywhere, and can’t expect either of our other veteran linebackers to cover. This is where Bruce Carter comes in. He’s had a fair amount of snaps in special teams and sub packages, and this man is an athlete with amazing sideline to sideline speed. He can cover, he can hit, and he can play.

You can see what he is capable of here:

Bruce Carter College Highlights
(This video belongs to CowboysSportsBlog.com)

Brooking and James are not going to see much playing time because of the immense team speed that the Eagles have on offense. Our “Bruce Lee” tandem matches up well with the team speed of the backs for the Eagles, and they will have a hard time consistently driving on the Cowboys. This Eagles team is built to score points, and they will; but our offense is more balanced and can sustain long drives, whereas the Eagles rely too heavily on the big play. Expect to see a heavy dose of both of these backers, and maybe some Danny McCray in the mix if he’s healed up enough.

Enjoy this Cowboys Christmas Eve Special, it might all come down to a timeout called on a Dan Bailey kick…

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