I was going to write about the Defensive Line in this section but after rewatching the game, I saw just how active both starting Safeties Barry Church and JJ Wilcox were throughout. I was sceptical of inserting Wilcox into the line up, because Will Allen played well in the first two weeks. Wilcox played a great game and put all sceptism to rest.
The strong play from the safety postion started early when Church set the tone by dislodging the ball from St. Louis Rams’ TE Jared Cook on Third Down on the first series. It continued when Church hit WR Austin Pettis on another Third Down to force an incompletion. This time, the Rams had a chance to drive the ball at the end of the first half to cut into the lead. But the hit by Church prevented the completion and forced St. Louis to punt.
The big hits continued throughout the game. Both were great in run support and reliable in coverage. Wilcox had his first career interception (though it was negated because of unnecessary roughness). While Church had a near INT in the end zone with the Rams inside the 5.
The safety position is generally responsible for covering Tight End. Well, when Dallas goes to San Diego this Sunday, they will have their hands full with future Hall Of Fame Tight End Antonio Gates. Holding him in check will be the biggest task for the Cowboys since the number one WR for the Chargers Malcom Floyd will likely miss the game with a neck sprain.