When star players for the Dallas Cowboys are mentioned, it’s almost guaranteed you will hear the names of both WR Dez Bryant and DE DeMarcus Ware. Each man is likely the most feared and talented player wearing the star on their side of the ball.
Bryant has defenses so afraid at this stage of his career, that the New York Giants wouldn’t dare cover him with less than two defenders in Week 1. Following the Giants’ coverage forfeit, Bryant acknowledged the defensive design was a sign of great respect.
As for DeMarcus Ware, what more has to be said beyond the household name itself? He’s been terrorizing opposing tackles and quarterbacks since being drafted in the first-round in 2005.
Both Bryant and Ware were first-round draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys and have fulfilled their lofty expectations and then some. Sunday they face off against the Chiefs’ 1st and 2nd round selections from 2008, both star players in their own right.
That in itself may seem common, yet there will be at least 3 additional clashes between first-rounders on Sunday. Each key match-up listed below will feature 2 elite players, both prized possessions for their team during their respective year’s draft.
DEMARCUS WARE (2005 RD 1) VS. BRANDON ALBERT (2008 RD 1)
Lining up at RDE places DeMarcus Ware opposite LT Brandon Albert. Both were selected in the first-round, and both are highly regarded as elite players today.
Brandon Albert’s strength is excellent pass blocking. He’s given up a mere 6 sacks over the last 29 games played during 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he surrendered 1 single sack over 11 starts, missing 5 games with injury.
Add 7 straight Pro Bowls (2006-2012), Defensive Player of the Year (2008), and 2-time NFL Sack Leader (2008, 2010) to Ware’s accolades.
This match-up is strength on strength between these 2 pass rush specialists. It will be interesting to see if Ware is held sackless for a 2nd straight week. I highly doubt it regardless of who’s across the line of scrimmage.