Dallas Cowboys versus Detroit Lions: Key Match-Ups to Watch

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I’m not surprised the Cowboys beat the Eagles, in fact, I predicted it. I just hadn’t expected the scoring to be lopsided. Let’s give praise to the Cowboys’ defensive unit and coaching staff. I saw a group of guys that pressured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles relentlessly. Foles rarely had a clean pocket to pass from and was constantly rolling left and right away from pressure. The defensive line had one offsides penalty, which indicates a disciplined defense. There was one Eagles’ third down conversion due to a missed tackle. Linebacker Sean Lee and safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox were exploding thru seams to tackle ball carriers. It was an outstanding performance, but I’m worried about next week when they face the Detroit Lions.

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes the ball as Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kyle Wilber (51) and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) go for the sack during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys defense stuffed the Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. The Cowboys rookie running back Joseph Randle, out-performed the the NFL’s leading rusher in rushing and receiving yards. Randle had 19 carries, 65 yards on the ground and 3 catches for 28 yards. McCoy had 18 carries for 55 yards and 6 catches for 26 yards. Randle’s 19 carries are the third most attempts by a Cowboys running back this season. DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys primary running back has carries of 20, 12, 26, 14, 12 and 7, an average of 15 carries per game. The Cowboys displayed some power by scoring another rushing touchdown against the Eagles.

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have a weapon similar to LeSean McCoy in running back Reggie Bush. The Lions use Bush in more ways than McCoy. They have placed Bush in the slot and wide receiver positions. They use Bush on reverses, quick screens as well as in the backfield like a traditional running back. Reggie Bush will be used the way the San Diego Chargers use Danny Woodhead who presented problems for the Cowboys defense, specifically linebacker Victor Butler. With most media trying to stir up comparisons between Dez Bryant and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, one match-up to watch is Reggie Bush against our defense.

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